Lettering 01

Immerse Yourself in the Art, Process, and History of Lettering - Develop Expert Level Letterform with Confidence and Artistry

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If you are a practicing graphic designer, this class is for you. If you are an aspiring graphic designer, this class is for you. If you are willing to put in the time to improve your drawing skills and gain a deeper understanding of lettering, this class is for you. And if you want to learn how to really pay attention, really learn to see, and really understand the connection between the body and lettering, well, stick with us. We have something you're really going to love.

Whether you're a practicing or aspiring graphic designer, ninety percent of what you do relates to type. If you want to be the best at what you do, you can't just look at a piece of type - you have to really see it. Our Advanced Lettering drawing and design experience will introduce and help you master typographic anatomy, rhythm, and decorative elements. With expert guidance, you'll take a logotype project from its first sketch to its final digital form. You'll finish with a typographic masterpiece and the skills to create more.

Nils Lindstrom
Nils Lindstrom

Your Instructor

Nils is a master graphic designer with expertise in hand lettering, decorative type and custom font design. He has deep experience in identity systems, branding, logotype design and packaging. Letterform instructor of 30 years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.

  • Father of 5 children, Grandfather to 11 keeps him busy and happy.
  • Graduated Art Center College of Design 1980
  • President of Lindstrom Design from 1981 – 2006
  • President of PhD Studios 2006 – 2012
  • Member of New York Type Directors Club
  • Faculty Art Center College of Design 1987 – present

When you sign up for our Advanced Lettering Class, you'll receive access to over two and a half hours of content from legendary professor and designer Nils Lindstrom. Over this nine module course, you'll explore the following topics:

  • The history and evolution of typography
  • Type terms and nomenclature
  • Full chalkboard demonstrations of chisel point and black letter style
  • Drawing type precisely
  • Manipulating type correctly, including elements of weight, slant, and character width
  • Creating formal script
  • Creating decorative script, including flourishes and other decorative elements
  • Vectorization and digitization of hand-created logos using Illustrator

By the time you've completed our Advanced Lettering class, you'll have created a logotype project from beginning to end, including initial thumbnail sketches, refinement, and formal script with flourishes. You'll start with your hands, using natural tools to create beautiful shapes and forms that are both arresting and visually rational. From there, you'll transform your work to digital form.

When you've completed our Advanced Lettering course, you'll:

  • Understand 2,000 years of typographical evolution and history, and have a solid knowledge of typography's anatomical terms.
  • Have developed classic hand drawing skills.
  • Have a keen sense of weight, curve, and spacing relationships, as well as the conventions of layout and design.
  • Know how to manipulate the weights, widths, and slant of typographic forms.
  • Be able to draw letterforms on the computer in vector format.

If you're a graphic designer in today's world, you need these skills. Get the full picture behind how (and, more importantly, why) lettering works. Sign up now to get started today.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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