Many of today’s finest artists practice age-old crafts like calligraphy and hand-lettering. Some historians have traced the beginnings of calligraphy to China, where the written word was rendered using bamboo brushes and papyrus paper.
In this list, we’ve included both calligraphy and hand-lettering artists who prove that text doesn’t always have to be so “black and white.” From those who value the traditional, pretty handwriting of calligraphy to artists who take unique approaches in designing their own unique letterforms, these artists are masters of creating art with words.
Detroit-based designer and letterer Lauren Hom creates hand-drawn, scripts perfectly suited to communicating quirky messages. With bright color palettes and swirly, 3D letter forms, her illustrative style has earned her work for clients such as Google and Starbucks.
Barnard is a hand lettering artist and calligrapher, Who has a passion for inspiring, entertaining and helping people to get better at their lettering skills.
Dutch artist Lizemijn Libgott uses a dip pen and her own custom ink to create dazzling glitter calligraphy.
Spanish graphic designer Joan Quirós specializes in creating custom lettering and calligraphy. He has a great respect for the historical tradition of writing and lettering, so uses traditional tools and techniques, but always applies a contemporary twist to every project.
Lunol is a graphic designer who loves typography and calligraphy. She knows that letter compositions can convey powerful messages that go beyond the literal meaning of a phrase.