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While scanning the interweb for artwork to publish I often notice that there’s quite a lot of people out there that don’t really know the difference between typography, lettering and calligraphy. And it actually took me a while before I learned the difference. In the beginning of this blog I pretty much called everything containing letters for Typography.

Smashing Magazine published a very good article a while back about understanding the difference between type and lettering, which I recommend to everyone who’s interested.

But the short version pretty much is:
Typography – “Writing with prefabricated characters”
Lettering – “The art of drawing letters”
Calligraphy – “The art of writing beautiful letters and words”

With all of that said, here’s a new gallery with 25 beautifully drawn and written words.

Coldplay letters by Jennet Liaw
Coldplay letters by Jennet Liaw

We dont punch by Carl Fredrik Angell
We dont punch by Carl Fredrik Angell

youth by Sulliman Bodhy
youth by Sulliman Bodhy

Shit Happens by Paul von Excite
Shit Happens by Paul von Excite

sparks5designs
sparks5designs

Morning breath by Matthew Tapia
Morning breath by Matthew Tapia

Write your own ticket by Penman Ships
Write your own ticket by Penman Ships

David Butler 60th birthday by David A Smith
David Butler 60th birthday by David A Smith

Life is Beautiful by friks84
Life is Beautiful by friks84

All That Matters by Faust
All That Matters by Faust

Brooklyn's Finest
Brooklyn's Finest

Wander Lust
Wander Lust

Saturday by Abi
Saturday by Abi

Type by Carlos Siqueira
Type by Carlos Siqueira

Digital Invaders Prom Party Vol. XII by Sindy Ethel
Digital Invaders Prom Party Vol. XII by Sindy Ethel

Nick & Johnny by Scandinavian Design Group
Nick & Johnny by Scandinavian Design Group

Drive, Wear, Drink & Kiss by Tim Bontan
Drive, Wear, Drink & Kiss by Tim Bontan

The Laboratory by Michael Moodie
The Laboratory by Michael Moodie

Seven things that threaten your heart... by Sergio Bergocce
Seven things that threaten your heart... by Sergio Bergocce

lways in my Mind by mdemilan
lways in my Mind by mdemilan

October by Colin Tierney
October by Colin Tierney

Keep it Simple by Joan Quiros
Keep it Simple by Joan Quiros

Weekend lettering by David Milan
Weekend lettering by David Milan

Olivier Handpainted Skateboard by bijdevleet
Olivier Handpainted Skateboard by bijdevleet

Minimum by Matt Vergotis
Minimum by Matt Vergotis

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  • Steinmayer

    Thanks for the info on the difference of Typography and Lettering, great gallery!

  • John Kirk

    Some quite beautiful work here….thanks for sharing.

  • Luciano Baschieri

    Simply great.

  • Sanya Jain

    Great work! :D