Designer Type – One Letter at a Time

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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

Personalized Greetings Cards

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Learn how to create personalized greeting cards using GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus. This year I decided to change things up a bit and do some cards for my family, friends, co-workers and calligraphy guild members (card exchange). Continue reading

Book Cover Calligraphy Design

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This shows some book cover design options for a recent project I completed.  My role was to come up with an attractive cover title, and recommend a font for secondary text and background textures.  I also included some placeholder graphics in option 6 for the publishing company.  Along with the options shown above, I provided the client a written description of each option (pros/cons), fonts, graphics, and background texture(s) specifications.  Once my client selected their desired option, they received the final files for high resolution production. Continue reading

Oktoberfest Calligraphy Tutorial

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Oktoberfest is right around the corner, and what a better way to mark the event but with classic German calligraphy.  This calligraphic typeface is based on Klingspore by Rudolf Koch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Koch). This is a beautiful Gothic typeface.

This authentic calligraphy was created using a 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen.  It was later scanned, and digitally processed to create the gold raised effect.  It was finally draped on top of the two background images.  The pooling of the ink by the original calligraphy pen creates differences in height and colour.  This effect mixes authentic calligraphy with modern digital arts.  The digital effects were created with GIMP & Inkscape (FREE software). Read more at http://flickr.com/steveczajka.  And “en Prosit!”

Cheers
Steve

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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View Steve’s portfolio at http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka

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