There has been a resurgence of interest in the use of letters to create media, graphics and garments. In fact, lettering has provided careers and opportunities to countless individuals. More and more logos contain letters instead of images and artists can create visually pleasing compositions solely with letters.
To dive in deeper it is essential to understand that lettering is not the same as typography. Lettering is simply “the art of drawing letters” while typography is the act of “writing with prefabricated characters.” Therefore the two areas go hand in hand but are not one in the same. Jessica Hische, a well-established designer, explains on her site that lettering involves drawing a “word as a unique image.” She then elaborates that typography involves creating “a system of letters that can be endlessly rearranged and work together.”
Some notable individuals of our time include but are not limited to Hische, Jon Contino, Christian Watson and Matthew Tapia. These folks work is a testament to the idea that words are powerful. Many say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you create a picture with words you have something that is even more compelling.
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