Crisp Scripts

We’ve looked at soft or rough brush-like fonts, which are enjoying popularity at the moment. I also love fat scripts with a type-like crispness to the edges. Especially suitable for logos – they look good at all sizes. These are some of my favorites. The more recent releases include alternative glyphs like swashes or even […]

Plan Ahead

This is why you don’t attempt to hand-letter a sign without planning ahead. Like checking your spelling! Not surprisingly, this little business in my hood didn’t last very long. I actually find the letters rather charming. Some fonts mimic the look of eccentric hand- lettered signs — with just a bit more polish than this. […]

Trendy Brush fonts

Fonts with shapes and textures that simulate varieties of brush lettering sometimes include alternates, ligatures, swashes and spatters that enhance the illusion. Because paint or ink isn’t one flat color, watercolor texture or radial gradient completes the look. Here, examples of square, round, and pointed brushes: Rusty Cola Pen ~ Billy Ohio ~ Brillig Earth […]

Steampunk Graphics

The Steampunk community, those enjoying role-playing fantasy set in a bygone era, is still popular. This graphic displays a few of the antique styles that might appear on 19th-century calling-cards, business cards, invitations, announcements, advertisements, and personal correspondence. Steampunk lit focuses on early technological, scientific and industrial advances – including time travel, of course! –  so […]

Trendy titling

Pictured, three books from the library, different authors and publishers, dated 2014-2015. They all display large, messy brush scripts on the cover. So is this a titling trend? Handmade-looking scripts are in vogue at the moment. See Eccentric Pen-and-ink and Rough Brush. Sometimes a trendy type is irresistible to a graphic designer, but not necessarily […]

Promotional Graphics

I want my promotional graphics to be eye-catching, yet not screaming – pleasant for the eye to linger on. A creamy brush font for the title, Antero, creates its own waving banner, while colors resemble the colors of the books in my Costume Goddess series and the background of the website

One Minute, One Sound

The challenge: use a single sound repeatedly. A repeated sound can become unpleasant very quickly, which creates tension and suspense in this short surrealistic video. Paranoid from Dina Lydia on Vimeo. The main figure is placed in changing and melting environments. Threatening laughter is heard as glimpses of distorted faces fade in and out. For […]

One minute: Alki in October

Another neighborhood 1-minute impression: a perfect misty fall afternoon in West Seattle. The color palette is subdued, the mood gentle and sentimental. I used only the clips that matched the pace of the music (no motorcycles!) and linked them with a simple crossfade. Alki October from Dina Lydia on Vimeo.