If you’ve been around for a long time, you might remember that I used to have a column called Design Inspiration. Like many other ideas that I’ve had, it was fun while it lasted but after a while I just couldn’t keep up with it. I had 3 blogs going at the time, and I moved on to other things.
I’ve been thinking about revising the column and doing it again, for a couple of reasons. First of all, I am inspired by and learn from studying the work of others. I know that the whole inspiration versus imitation thing is a hot topic in blog world, and it’s easy to feel like there’s something wrong with looking at others work too much. But how do you learn in school? You study other people’s work. Studying good work sparks ideas and helps you make connections about the medium or technique that you’re working with. It doesn’t mean that you have to copy it.
Secondly, as a designer and blogger, I feel like the internet has made our work increasingly temporary. Go look at those design inspiration posts. How many of those designs are still up? Some are, but a lot of them have been replaced. That comes with the territory of web design, but I think it doesn’t hurt to pause and recognize good work when you see it.
So today I’m posting my first Trifecta post- I’ll pick three examples of work that have inspired me lately and have some common thread connecting them. Today I picked some examples of painted lettering.
I’ve always been a sucker for hand lettering, but I’m especially loving these examples of painted lettering. The texture and the transparency of the medium just makes me itch to hold a brush in my hand. I’ve never tried this technique myself, but I would love to experiment with it!
Have you seen any cool examples of painted lettering lately? Tell me in the comments- I’d love to check them out!