When your friends write to say they've bought a sailboat, you go visit. When they say they're thinking of hiring someone to letter its name, you volunteer. And when you find yourself stuck on said lettering project bashing your head against a wall several weeks later, you call type designer, Laura Worthington.
For those of you who don't know her, you've probably seen her fonts. With more than 70 published typefaces, Laura's letters are well-traveled and well-loved by designers around the world. I met Laura last month at the AIGA Seattle Into the Woods Conference, and knew that her business card would come in handy.
A 45-minute personal Skype tutorial later, I had an immensely better understanding of what to do with my project. For those type nerds out there, here are some tricks I learned from the master:
Hand letter like Laura:
- draw your letters on a straight line, then apply shaping
- reuse common shapes as much as possible
- use a circle to maintain the stroke width of curves
- always draw your points at the extremum of each shape
- keep your points parallel
Named after Brene Brown's revered book, Daring Greatly represents its owners' thirst for adventure and courage embarking on their first boat purchase together.
Here's a time lapse video of the digital illustration process, 1 hour 15 minutes at 12x actual speed: