Learn Gothic Calligraphy and Lettering – Online Calligraphy Course


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Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering in this online calligraphy course.  All available as a digital download.

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Designer Type #11 Koch + Czajka Gothic (Premium)

11 Koch Czajka

Rudolf Koch, the master of 1920s gothic scripts. I built this typeface as a tribute to one of the most amazing modern Gothic typefaces around. I respected the basics of this letterform, but added my own special adaptations to the collection. Roughly 450 glyphs are in this collection of five sets, two LC and three UC. Roughly 115MB download.

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Designer Type #03 Rotunda Love (FREE)

03 Rotunda Love

Rotunda was popular in the 9th C song books and story books as it was clear and easy to read. This modern version of Rotunda pulls out all of the stops. It has a western character set including a full set of authentic and historic capitals. Roughly 150 glyphs in total of upper case, lower case and punctuation. Roughly 50MB FREE download.  Commercial version is also available.


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Designer Type – One Letter at a Time

Rotunda aSteve Czajka on Designer Type
Since I was a kid, I have been surround by letters as my Father owned his own sign painting shop. Letters were in my blood. My Father would take me to the job sites where he worked, and his sign shop occupied most of our basement. As his helper, he showed me the ropes to old school hand lettering and sign painting. Continue reading

The Genesis of Designer Type

The idea for Designer Type came to me around 2010 while working on a piece called, “Wild Horses.” I was using a common graphic design technique called ‘paste up.’ I had used paste up in the 1980s where I created an entire composition based on the best lines of calligraphy, then paste them onto an artboard — an old school technique prior to the digital age. Continue reading

Making the Jump into Digital Calligraphy

GIMP Magazine - Issue 9 v4-page001So many people have asked me how to move authentic traditional calligraphy & illustrations into the digital world.  I started calligraphy back in the 1980s, and my first digital calligraphy piece was around the mid 1990s when “Pagemaker” was king.  All of my calligraphy today is still authentically created by hand, but the vast majority of my work is digitally post processed. Here are my recommended steps to get you started into this totally creative world of digital calligraphy. Continue reading