Top 4 Resources to Learn Lettering

Top 4 Resources to Learn Lettering
August 24, 2016 Daniel Palacios

Over the last few months, I’ve received several emails from people asking about lettering books and courses. I put together this list to answer some of those frequent questions and a couple extra resources to learn lettering.

1. Online Courses


I took Sean’s Learn Lettering Master Class when it first launched back in March of 2014. It was one of the best investments I made at the time and I highly recommend it if you’re looking to not only learn the fundamentals of lettering, but also the business side of working with clients.


You can find virtually any topic covered in a course here. I’ve been able to walk away with a few new tricks from lettering courses by Simon Walker, Jon Contino and Spencer Charles.

I’ve also been eyeing Matt Vergotis’ and Scott Biersack’s courses.

2. In-person Workshops

Gemma O’Brien aka Mrs. Eaves

I took Gemma’s workshop earlier this year and aside from meeting one of my original lettering idols, the experience was great. You can’t beat getting one-on-one feedback from the instructor right in front of you as well as live demonstrations and critiques.


Although I haven’t had the pleasure of taking one of the workshops from Type@Cooper, I’ve heard lots of good things from friends about them. Personally, I’d love to take any workshops taught by Ken Barber, who is an incredible lettering artist and type designer.


Occasionally, I teach workshops specifically on brush pen calligraphy and the digitization process (vectors). If you’re looking for one and you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can check for upcoming workshops here.

3. Books

Dangerous Curves: Mastering Logotype Design

This is the first lettering book I ever purchased. Doyald Young’s work is a beautiful collection of scripts, swashes and flourishes. I still refer to this book for inspiration every now and then.

Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age

This book has lots of great examples of various scripts found throughout the United States and Europe.

The ABC of Custom Lettering: A Practical Guide to Drawing Letters

The foreword is written by Ken Barber and the rest of the book has examples of common lettering styles and instructions on how to construct the letterforms. I recently purchased it and it’s already a favorite of mine.

4. Blogs


One that has caught my attention and isn’t exactly lettering is the Crayligraphy blog run by Colin Tierney. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s “the art of stylistically writing with a Crayola marker,” according to the definition on the site. The guide you get when you sign up to the newsletter is a great starting point and the step-by-step tutorials are well-written.

More than One Place to Learn

These are just the places and things I’ve come across. Where do you go to learn lettering? Feel free to reach out to me if you think there’s something I’ve missed. I’d love to hear from you.