My last post of 50 inspiring typographic artists was so well received, that I decided to compile another list. This time I was ably assisted by Simon Ålander, Jackson Alves and Bobby Haiqalsyah who all generously hit me up with their awesome lists and I found a few more by poking around on Dribbble and Behance.
South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand and Russia make strong showings in this list. It’s amazing to see how the Internet really does bring this community of designers together, and everywhere I go online, people are discussing how digital is being supplemented by hand drawn in the last year or so, and I would agree. There are some amazing digital artists here, but also some artists who have fantastic hand skills and it just reinforces what I always say, a tool is just a tool, what matters is how you use it.
Please be aware that the copyright of all these amazing works belong to the artists who made them. Don’t rip them off, but do click on the images to visit the websites they came from and pay homage to a new wave of typographic artists.
WARNING: many people have complained that once they started reading the first list, it sucked aways hours of their life as they got drawn into the amazing websites of these incredible creatives. I predict this list won’t be any better. Enjoy at your peril.
1. Adam Hill
Adam Hill is also known as Velcro Suit, a very prolific typographer and illustrator.
2. Adam Klodecki
3. Ale Paul
4. Arno Kathollnig
5. Beto Janz
Beto is a fine artist with a wide range of styles and topics. I think this piece is just stunning. Very creative.
6. Bobby Haiqalsyah
Bobby is a typographer from Melbourne with some really stunning structured lettering design going on. So well executed.
7. Boglárka Nádi
Boglárka is a Hungarian designer and illustrator with a lovely delicate touch.
8. Brand Nu
Brand Nu is the studio identity of Radim Malinic and showcases a fantastic body of work, spanning art direction, illustration, advertising and 3D.
9. Carolyn Sewell
Carolyn is an illustrator and typographer with a fantastic understanding of design periods and style eras. She really plays with those references in a very sophisticated way.
10. Cláudio Gil
Claudio is a Brazilian calligrapher with an amazing body of work.
11. Cyla Costa
Unfortunately I can’t find a folio for Cyla, but her Flickr feed has lots of amazing type, logos and illustrations.
12. Dado Queiroz
Yet another amazing Brazilian. All of Dado’s work blows my mind.
13. Daniel Pelavin
Daniel is an absolute master of custom lettering. So many amazing examples on his website, just a shame the images are so small, it’s hard to make out all the detail.
14. Dave Bailey
Dave is otherwise known as the bezier wrangler, and he has an amazingly diverse range of styles.
15. Derrick Castle
Derrick hangs out at the Straw Castle and is an incredible illustrator of T-shirts. The type is almost an afterthought, but all so detailed and amazing. Oh, and he has a shop.
16. Diego Guevara
This makes me laugh every time I see it. Diego has a great sense of humour. He’s also a very slick branding designer and his Dribbble account showcases his great type experiments.
17. Drew Melton
Drew makes an appearance on lots of people’s list of favourites. He’s extremely talented.
18. Erik Marinovich
Erik is part of Friends of Type and has a wide variety of great type styles. He’s working on a new website at the moment but you can check out his work on FOT in the mean time.
19. Flavia Zim
Flavia has a great folio of really diverse work. She works between tactile and digital typography effortlessly.
20. Ged Palmer
Ged is a UK designer based in Bristol. His gorilla project with Tom Lane is just awesome.
21. Gemma O’Brien
Gemma is an Australian typographer known online as Mrs Eaves. I first encountered Gemma at Semi Permanent last year and she’s a fantastic role model for young, female designers.
22. Georgia Hill
Georgia is another Australian designer and has some great retro styled type pieces. I love her Buffalo Dining Club type but can’t find a pic large enough.
23. Greg Eckler
Greg is a professor of graphic design at The Art Institute of Washington, as well as a Program Coordinator on the Board of Directors for the AIGA DC and has a great variety of type styles and concepts.
24. Henric Sjösten
Henric is a really solid logo designer with some lovely custom scripts.
iLK is a French freelancer who has worked for some pretty major clients and does some great branding.
26. Jackson Alves
Again with the amazing Brazilian typographers—there must be something in the water. Jackson has a great balance between hand drawn, calligraphy, 3D and script type.
27. James T. Edmondson
James is a student at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco with a very bright future.
28. Jay Roeder
Jay Roeder is a freelance designer and illustrator and publishes a daily dose of lettering and illustration. So much amazing work in this portfolio.
29. John Passafiume
Just exactly what does Louise Fili feed her designers? They are all amazing, from Jessica Hische, Dana Tanamachi and John Passafiume. Such a great body of work.
30. Jordan Metcalf
Jordan is a designer form South Africa and is crazy talented. I love everything in this portfolio.
31. Jordi Sempere
Spanish designer Jordi Sempere is a teacher at EASDALCOI and a freelance artist and letterer.
32. Jude Landry
Jude is an American designer and an Assistant Professor of Art at Mississippi State University.
33. Karl Herbert
Gold Lunchbox is Karl’s online folio and has a great range of retro-styled branding.
34. Kyle Miller
Another designer with a some really nice retro-styled typography.
35. Liz Collini
Liz is a type artist who works in a variety of different mediums and recently these meticulous chalk and screen print pieces have been getting a lot of coverage on the web. Quite stunning.
36. Luke Ritchie
South African designer Luke Ritchie has some beautiful type pieces and he also has Lucky Fella clothing which produces typographic inspired clothing.
37. Mats Ottdal
Jeksel is the online portfolio of Mats Ottdal, a Norwegian Graphic Designer and Illustrator who studied in Melbourne. His portfolio is varied, diverse and amazing.
38. Michael Spitz
Michael is a prolific designer and typographer with a very clean, slick typographic style.
39. Michel D’anastasio
Michel describes himself as a left-handed painter and calligrapher who works with Hebrew, Latin and abstract calligraphy.
40. Misha Karagezyan
Misha is a Russian designer and letterer who works in a modern punchy style.
41. Neil Tasker
Neil is a master of hand lettering. His scripts and retro type pieces are amazing.
42. Paul Saskin
Russian designer Paul Saskin has an amazing technique of building his typography out of circles. It has to be seen to be believed. I don’t know how he has the patience, but it gets great results.
43. Rob Clarke
Rob Clarke is the king of the logotype. His scripts are perfect.
44. Saranna Drury
New Zealand design graduate Saranna has a confident attitude and a fresh range of designs. One to watch.
45. Sebastian Andaur
I was shocked to learn Chilean designer Sebastian Andaur is only 17 and self-taught. Quite an amazing digital artist.
46. Simon Walker
Simon is the master of groovy retro type. Love it.
47. Simon Frouws
Simon™ as he is known, is a fantastic South African branding designer with a beautiful folio.
48. South by South West
South by South West is a Melbourne-based design and branding company with some great conceptual design and type treatments.
49. Tom Lane
Ginger Monkey is the online portfolio of Tom Lane and his work is fabulously detailed and intricate, it’s a real treat for the eyes.
50. Walter Hansen
New Zealand designer Walter Hansen has some lovely prints of his work available online.
I’d love to hear any other suggestions, please make a comment below.
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