Hand Lettering Power Course

Introduce hand-lettering into your repertoire of design skills with this 2 week Power course. Denise Bosler, author of Mastering Type, will provide you with the skills you need to add a personal touch to your typographic communication from research and sketching to developing dynamic layouts with custom lettering. You will be given the opportunity to communicate your love of hand-lettering through the process of self-discovery and experimentation as you explore your typographic voice and creative style..

Denise BoslerDenise Bosler is a graphic designer, illustrator, and professor of communication design at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She earned a B.F.A. from Kutztown University and an M.F.A. from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Denise has focused her design work on print collateral, product packaging, and identity development in both print and digital projects.

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“I only wish the course could have lasted a little longer, I really enjoyed it.” — Sandy O.


Workshop Length:

2 weeks


$149  $39.99 (73% off)

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  • Develop a lettering reference library and toolbox
  • Learn the basics to correctly execute letterforms by hand
  • Develop your personal typographic voice
  • Master typographic resonance and layout skills to create a beautiful hand-lettered phrase
Who Should Take This Course:
  • In-house and agency designers
  • In-house managers
  • Creative freelancers
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Lesson 1 (Week 1): Typography vs. Lettering
  • Introduction
  • Tools of the Trade
    • Basic Supply List
  • Typography vs. Lettering
  • Typography vs. Calligraphy
  • Library of Reference and Inspiration
    • Digital Library
    • Book Library
    • Video Library
  • Assignment, Part 1
  • Assignment, Part 2
  • Learning the basics
  • Readings, from Mastering Type
  • Assignment, Part 3
  • Choosing and Researching a Phrase
Lesson 2 (Week 2): Layout and Development
  • Introduction
  • Assignment, Part 4
    • Rookie Mistake #1
    • Layout and Development Steps
      • Step 1
      • Step 2
      • Step 3
      • Step 4
      • Rookie Mistake #2
      • Rookie Mistake #3
      • Step 5
      • Rookie Mistake #4
      • Step 6
  • Illustrator Tips
  • Traditional Media Tips
  • Assignment, Part 5 (Final Assignment)