Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time

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Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time

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In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog has grown from 15 to more than 250 online courses that cover creative arts, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, lifestyle and technology. The School of MakeOurMark, with courses in photography, illustration and tattooing, was launched in October 2013, and the School of Design went live the following month. Among the instructors who have taught courses are Seth Godin, founder of online marketing firm Yoyodyne, who teaches a class on entrepreneurship; DJ Young Guru, who leads a course on mixing and recording; and actor, writer and director James Franco, whose course focuses on screenwriting for short films. You can begin a Skillshare collaboration by taking an introductory course in a particular area to learn, for example, the fundamentals of Photoshop and expand your knowledge with a five-part, in-depth Photoshop series.

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Course Description

The foundation of all lettering is understanding how to create just one beautiful letter.

In this popular class, learn how to create beautiful letters and alphabets by starting with the simplest possible project: making a single letter! You'll join acclaimed letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische as she walks through her personal lettering process and share tips and tricks from throughout her stunning career, ranging from personal projects like "Daily Drop Cap" and "Should I Work For Free" to opening title sequences for Wes Anderson.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Sketch your ideas to create a solid foundation for your design
  • Digitize your work in illustrator, including using handlebars and vector points
  • Identify what makes a letter look organic and replicate it in your own work
  • Critique your work to get those solid finishing touches (even perfect curves)

After finishing this class, you will have a finishe...

The foundation of all lettering is understanding how to create just one beautiful letter.

In this popular class, learn how to create beautiful letters and alphabets by starting with the simplest possible project: making a single letter! You'll join acclaimed letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische as she walks through her personal lettering process and share tips and tricks from throughout her stunning career, ranging from personal projects like "Daily Drop Cap" and "Should I Work For Free" to opening title sequences for Wes Anderson.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Sketch your ideas to create a solid foundation for your design
  • Digitize your work in illustrator, including using handlebars and vector points
  • Identify what makes a letter look organic and replicate it in your own work
  • Critique your work to get those solid finishing touches (even perfect curves)

After finishing this class, you will have a finished drop cap letter and a full arsenal of tools to create perfect letters that will feel natural and look amazing for every project and style.

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Rian Magee

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
The word 'awesome' is like dipping a coffee bean into hot water and calling it espresso...it's nowhere near enough! Been a fan of Jessica's for a while but this class is on another level; brutally honest, passionate, and like her letterforms, superbly thought out and crafted! Great to see insight into the full process, in real-world context and in language that isn't pretentious or trying to hard...just honest and completely inspiring...not that I'm surprised! Conrats and thanks to Jessica and skillshare! \m/
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Mary Larter

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6 years, 10 months ago
I love books, and I love Jessica Hische. So really, what more could a girl ask for? Also, I do most of my work in Photoshop - so this class forced me to open Illustrator and use it. That did me good. I'd definitely recommend this class.
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Sophie Feng

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6 years, 10 months ago
This class is a treat. As a newcomer to design, it feels almost magical to flip through Jessica's sketchbook with her— to get that glimpse of her drafts and her ideas. And it's even more wonderful to go beyond that and understand what drives her decisions. Her teaching style is down to earth and encouraging, and her expertise comes across as one friend chatting with another. Highly accessible, highly recommended.
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Aimee Helm

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6 years, 10 months ago
I really loved this class and learned a ton of new skills as well and very helpful knowledge about creating letterforms. Instructor is very good at demonstrating and explaining things well. Highly recommend!
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Kerstin Whitmer

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6 years, 10 months ago
It was a great class!!! I learned a lot in such a short amount of time and I would love to take more classes by Jessica.
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Daniel Tovisi

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Jessica is a great teacher, I learned a lot about typography, lettering and calligraphy through her really interesting class. I recommend it for all who want to know more about lettering.
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Eniola Odetunde

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6 years, 10 months ago
This course has been very helpful in translating my ideas from my mind into a clean and vectorized piece. I really appreciate the way Jessica breaks down the process and I feel that I can one of the steps, from brainstorming new ideas to having a critical eye when looking at your piece in day-to-day design projects.
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Jinna Hagerty

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6 years, 10 months ago
Some wonderful tips from Jessica Hische. Loved getting to see her working on the video and seeing inside her sketchbook!
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Holly Dunn

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6 years, 10 months ago
Fantastic class. Jessica is both entertaining and highly informative as a teacher. Great fun!
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Rebecca Eschete

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Of all the Skillshare classes I have taken so far, this is the most thorough. I feel like I learned SO much. I hesitated to take it because I was not particularly interested in just drawing a single dropcap, but I am glad I did!
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Celia Berger

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6 years, 10 months ago
This is probably the best class I've ever taken on Skillshare. Jessica was thoughtful and thorough and just a joy to watch and learn from.
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Carolina Leh

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6 years, 10 months ago
Totally worthy, Jessica is a really expert and such a lovely teacher! Perfect! :)
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Jennifer Hines

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Overall this was a fun class because making the drop cap project was fun and the steps to create this were well thought out and presented. However, I also feel like this video was for beginners and often discussed topics that, while interesting, weren't relevant to the drop-cap project. Well produced videos though, but I felt like I didn't have to work along much since many were just her talking...still would recommend, but more for beginners...
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Celeste Njoo

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6 years, 10 months ago
Loved this class! Really took me away from my computer and think about content and context as well as the visual outcome. Great class :)
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Lara Mccormick

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
I love the instructor's relaxed, smooth teaching style. The information she provided about typography in general was stuff you can't learn in text books.
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Diana Hoyes

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6 years, 10 months ago
Jessica is one of my creative heroes and it was really great to get an insight into her process and also a look inside her sketchbook. Very useful and entertaining class with some good tips that I'm looking forward to putting into practice.
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Nancy Babb

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6 years, 10 months ago
I LOVED this class! It sold me on Skillshare. I have been fighting bezier lines for 20 years...completely clueless on how they work...but now I know! The most valuable info was to use as few points as possible... had no clue. THANK YOU!!!
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Liz Jones

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6 years, 10 months ago
Jessica is one smart cookie. I loved the sections on type design that she threw in toward the end of the class. I thought her advice about generating ideas for a lettering design was really helpful. I learned a lot from this class and highly recommend it.
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Natalia Elichirigoity

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6 years, 10 months ago
Awesome class. Very useful tips!!
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Ellen Lupton

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6 years, 10 months ago
Clear, thoughtful, and illuminating videos by a talented person who knows her stuff!
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Arely Loya

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Loved the class!.. She is amazing, great teacher!... Very useful advice throughout the entire course!..Highly recommended!
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Jessica O.

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6 years, 10 months ago
Loved her relational teaching style. Not a lot of info on creating type but an interested class non the less to see her process.
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Alexander Awerin

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6 years, 10 months ago
Awesome class, thank you!
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Damian Allende

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6 years, 10 months ago
I loved this class. Jess is awesome and super tallented.
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Olson Patterson

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6 years, 10 months ago
Awesome class! Jessica has a lot of tips and great insight.
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Dani DiPirro

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Really great class! I loved learning about lettering and about how to make a drop cap. I have the whole collection of Penguin Drop Caps so it was great to see how they were created.
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Vince Yu

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6 years, 10 months ago
The tips on where to place the anchor points were great.
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Denise Villanueva

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
This was such a great course. I didn't do the project as I'm quite busy with work but I will definitely be trying this out when I have time. I watched all videos and it was great how concise and clear Jessica was all throughout. The classes were organized and most importantly, I was able to see how Jessica's design process was, which I think was my biggest take away from this class.
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Kelsey Nishi

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6 years, 10 months ago
Great tutorial, entertaining and thorough! Really Enjoyed this, Jessica! Love how passionate and knowledgeable you are about your craft! I will definitely appreciate letters more!
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Frida Borgstedt

None/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Amazing class! Loved all the small tips that she gave along with a easy to understand descriptions how to do things. Amazing how you can get so much information in on just a few videos lessons. THANK YOU. I highly recommend this class!
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