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10 Terrific Typography Videos That You Have to See

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 4 min read

Love typography? Me too. I’ve seen a lot of cool videos about typography and type design lately and thought I’d share some of them. Below you’ll find videos on everything from chalk lettering by hand to making vintage artwork for John Mayer. There’s something here for every type nerd.

1. The Making of John Mayer’s "Born & Raised" Artwork

I absolutely love this one. John Mayer hired designer David Smith to do some custom artwork for his “Born and Raised” album. The result is seriously impressive, but the process is even more interesting. Smith is an old school artist who works with his hands, and the methods that he uses throughout the video are simply fantastic. If you appreciate typography and craftsmanship at all, you’ll be blown away by this video.

The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

2. Short Documentary Featuring Type Designer Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a rockstar type designer. In this video, you’ll meet Jessica and get a great behind-the-scenes peek at her process as she talks about her amazing typographic rug designs.

Short documentary featuring type designer Jessica Hische from Giovanni Ferlito on Vimeo.

3. Sean McCabe Interview | Portrait

Hand-lettering artist Sean McCabe of seanwes talks about his design concepts and how he works manually through sketches on paper. He developed his business through discovering a love for hand-lettering and producing his own posters and T-shirts. As his work became known, he began to take commissions from others to produce specific items.

Sean McCabe Interview | Portrait from Miguel & Joe Photography on Vimeo.

4. Comic Sans

A short (and fairly amateur) but thoughtful film about the typeface that designers love to hate: Comic Sans. You’ll get some insight into why Comic Sans was created, what professionals think about it, and why so many people seem to hate it. If you’re into debating Comic Sans, be sure to hit up this article too.

Comic Sans from Anita Brown on Vimeo.

5. Lettering and Type Design – Building Your Brand Through Customization

Another great video from Jessica Hische. This one is a live talk where she gives some insight into how important custom typography is for brands, and even the timelines and cost considerations involved with that practice.

6. Typographic Design in the Digital Domain with Erik Spiekermann & Elliot Jay Stocks

Erik Spiekermann talks with Elliot Jay Stocks about how typography is used in the digital domain and what digital designers can learn from traditional print techniques.

7. Anatomy: Parts and Shapes of Type

A great intro to the parts of type from Lynda.com. It’s only a small preview of a larger course, but it works well as a standalone lesson too.

8. Tyler Finck on Type Design: How to Make a Font

This great video comes from this very blog! In it, extremely talented type designer Tyler Finck shows you how to make your first font.

9. Hand Lettering Step By Step

MadeByMarzipan walks you through a hand-lettered type project step-by-step. Everything she does is both explained and illustrated really well, so if you’re looking to get some insight into how to kick off a nice custom type design, start here.

10. Dana Tanamachi, Chalk Artist (From Evernote)

An very brief interview with Dana Tanamachi about her beautiful chalk lettering installation for Evernote’s office. In it you’ll see a cool time-lapse of the project and hear about how she plans (or rather, doesn’t) and implements a large-scale chalk lettering project.

What Did I Miss?

Now that you’ve seen some of the cool typography videos I’ve found around the web lately, it’s your turn. Leave a comment below with a link to any videos on type you’ve found lately that were interesting.

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  • Awesome roundup! This is totally up my alley. How inspiring! This has been shared on this blog before, but here's that cool History of Typography video to add to the list: http://youtu.be/wOgIkxAfJsk 8 years ago
  • Wow, totally blown away by the John Mayer video! Great collection of videos. As you said Beth, very inspiring!! 8 years ago
  • Gah...David Smith...I'm speechless... 8 years ago
  • Great insight! Thanks 8 years ago
  • love your work.. all. 8 years ago
  • Wow... super snazzy! I have a feeling this will be very high on inspiration, but low on do-ability at my current level (zilch) of experience. Does anyone have any "Hand Lettering for Dummies" or beginner type videos or books that they suggest. Like book-cut sculpture, Hand Lettering is an art form I'm utterly intrigued by, but have absolutely no idea where to begin, from a DIY standpoint. 8 years ago
  • @orachel check out this post: http://crtv.mk/epgg 8 years ago
  • @Josh Johnson Thanks SO much! That is exactly what I had in mind. And yay! I bought the Creative Market charity bundle just recently, and it came with a free skillshare membership, so I'll definitely start off with Mary Kate McDevitt's Lettering I course. Nothing I love more than when an amazing skill that blows my mind actually becomes something that I'm capable of learning from bottom, up. Gotta love good tutorials. ;) 8 years ago
  • David Smith is AMAZING! Thank you for ALL of these videos ... a great collection for this lettering artist/calligrapher. 8 years ago
  • super i will try this tips, thank you. 7 years ago