Everyone loves a good bit of custom lettering, right? Today’s list is all about typography and so we’ve rounded up 12 designers (and a few projects) who have the enviable ability to draw words well.
The Ten Minute Type Project
Started by illustrator and designer Shaun Swainland in October last year, The Ten Minute Type Project is a typographic exploration with a maximum time limit of 10 minutes per execution. The explorations, which are added to on a regular basis, celebrate hand drawn typography as well as the slight imperfections achieved in a short space of time.
Ben Johnston is a self-taught designer, letterer and illustrator from Cape Town who is currently based in Toronto. After a brief stint in industrial design, Ben started focusing on traditional graphic design with a preference for creating custom typographic illustrations from scratch.
CT Type is run by Rowan Eva and Jordan Metcalf for the love of Cape Town and typography. Inspired by NYC Type, the site features all photographs of signage around the city tagged with #CTTYPE on Twitter or Instagram. They also feature a round-up of the best submissions on their own Instagram account each week.
Rudi de Wet
Currently based in Cape Town, Rudi de Wet is an illustrator who specialises in hand drawn typography, interior murals and design. Producing for all kinds of media and environments, Rudi’s work is characterised by bold, detailed, colourful and energetic executions.
After graduating with a bachelor in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Dani Loureiro started her career working for David Carson Design studio in New York City. Currently living in Cape Town and working for Machine Agency, Dani is influenced by the unconventional use of typography in design and makes use of playful lettering with an emphasis on line work and elaborate patterns.
Type Roll Call
Justin Poulter, a freelance (as of the beginning of August!) illustrater and letterer, has recently begun a project clled Type Roll Call as a way to practise hand drawn type. Choosing a different one of his Instagram followers each week, Justin will draw up their name in his own hand lettering.
Luke Ritchie is an independent designer with a passion for custom lettering, logotype design and branding. With typography as his first love his goal is to create unique, context appropriate and visually interesting type-driven work.
Jordan Metcalf is a designer, illustrator and artist who predominantly works with custom lettering and typography. Working out of a collective studio space in Woodstock, Cape Town, he currently runs his own studio. Jordan is inspired by the contrasts between the sharp geometric lines and curves of architecture with the controlled chaos of nature, and he brings these contrasts into his own work by adding organic softness and depth to precise geometry.
Alice Edy is an artist, letterer and illustrator based in Cape Town. Primarily interested in images and words and how they can be used together, Alice fuses traditional modes of typography with current aesthetics and content.
A young designer currently studying Visual Communicatins at Vega, Katlego Phatlane was recently selected as the Johannesburg All-Star at Portfolio Night 12. While he enjoys mixing print design, digital art and typography to the best of his ability, typography is his favourite of the three resulting in an ever growing collection typographic experiments.
Born in Hermanus and living in Cape Town, Alistair Palmer specialises in illustration, design and typography. Inspired by the world around him, he is constantly experimenting with colour and texture to create playful works that exist somewhere between the realms of design and art.
Adam Hill is a graphic designer, illustrator and musician based in Cape Town whose work is bright and imaginative. He juggles his nights and days between his two passions – music and design – and often brings the two together by creating fantastic gig posters.