Celebrating Mardi Gras with a poster I did for a music show in college. I cut the lettering by hand on a silkscreen stencil, possibly freehand but more likely traced from a pencil sketch.
I did a lot of these in college. I had no formal training in typography at the time, and was experimenting with letterforms.

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Chef Script is an experimental font designed by Carlos Fabian Camargo G. Its fantasy design contains 1463 glyphs to compose words, phrases and short messages on small and large sizes. The idea was born in a sketchbook that was perfected again by hand and achieving "non-neutral drawings" on tracing paper. With bezier digitization the empty and full parts of letters appeared with soft and eloquent curves as calligraphic result produces optimal readability.

I like this sign in Lowell, Massachusetts. It's hand-lettered in the old-school way, with a relaxed grace that speaks of years of discipline.
I like the story it tells, too. I didn't know people could defend their views on such arcane matters as punctuation with physical force. Now that I know, the first person who looks at this handlettering and asks me what font it is will get a knuckle sandwich.

Five out of six ain't bad (sorry, I'm a big fan of wheat and meat), but I love this poster. By technical standards the handlettering isn't even very good (the s's are particularly egregious). But the artist had a natural eye for good composition, and rendered the letterforms with a playful energy that invites you to read them, and softens the stern austerity of the message.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

Mii by Gerrard International cosmetics packaging.

Thank you,

OK, this seems to be things work for me around here:
1. I’ll upload a photo that I took; then
2. Someone else does the heavy lifting and creates a typeface based on that image.

Yes, I’m expecting that it only works once.


The “On Language” column of the New York Times has used custom-illustrated logotypes each week for years, which the Society of Publication Designers blog helpfully collected in two posts (first, second). Many Usual Suspects are represented among the letterers.

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