Category Archives: Typography

Nicholas Matej

Hard to ignore the beautiful hand-lettered alphabet created by Cleveland-based freelance illustrator and designer, Nicholas Matej. The letters and numbers are his contribution to the 36 Days of Type project. His work is influenced by nostalgia, craft and the desire to push the limits of his own creativity through new ideas. More of his work can be seen on his website, Instagram, Behance and Dribble. Some of his designs can be purchased on Big Cartel and on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Nicholas Matej.

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Xavier Casalta

xaviercasaltaFrench graphic designer and artist Xavier Casalta uses a stippling technique with black ink and
thousands of tiny dots requiring as the top illustration says great “patience and discipline”. He uses a 0.10mm pen to create incredible hand lettering and illustrations with most pieces needing hundreds of hours to produce. On Kuuva blog he says this about his process:

“I started (hand-lettering) with solid black, but I’ve always been attracted to realistic drawings. I tried different techniques and the stippling one appeared to be my favourite. Not the best one for productivity but the rendering is really interesting.”

“I guess the process is pretty basic. I start with a simple sketch, with not a lot of details. Once it’s done, I start inking with a first layer to figure out how to place my shadows and volumes. I try to work on small zones to keep the illustration as detailed as possible. Once it’s finished, I clear the entire piece with an eraser.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Xavier Casalta.

Philippe Nicolas

philippenicolasPhilippe Nicolas is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from France. His passion for typography and vectorial illustration can be seen in the iconic structures and fonts shown above.
He takes his inspiration from graphic designer, Herb Lubalin and from the illustrations of comic master, Jean Giraud (Mobius).

You can see more of his work on his website, Behance and Dribble.

Images: Courtesy of Philippe Nicolas.