Art Deco Lettering Workshop

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Learn the secrets of historical lettering with this hands-on workshop on Art Deco typography. Popular in the roaring 20s and 30s, this style embodies the glamour, luxury and exuberance of the Great Gatsby Era.  

For beginners and experienced letterers alike, this four-hour class will cover the foundations of lettering and briskly segue into dramatic uppercase letterforms, unexpected ligatures, geometric scripts, and ornamentation.
You'll leave the workshop with:

  • A lettering piece that is both fresh and on-trend (while still being rooted in history) and ready for its Instagram closeup.
  • A general knowledge of this glitzy time in design history as well as a list of resources to continue learning about Art Deco typography and design.
  • All the skills you need to infuse the rest of your work with some Jazz-Age glamour. 

The Workbook

By signing up to the workshop, you'll get a limited-edition workbook I designed and wrote for the occasion. The workbook is a 20-page booklet/zine that opens with an essay giving you some historical context and features three hand-lettered, Art Deco alphabets as well as lettering instructions and tips. 

It's expertly printed in 2 color Risograph on natural white Cougar paper by Perfectly Acceptable in Chicago, IL. 

For information on buying the workbook without attending a workshop, scroll to the bottom of the page.

THE SKECHBOOK

In addition to the workbook, you'll also get a matching Art Deco sketchbook I designed inside and out. It has 52 pages with a subtle, fine dot-grid pattern (which I find to be the perfect spacing and darkness for lettering). The pages are the same acid-free, natural white paper color as the workbook and the heavy 100gsm weight as well as the large 7"x10" size makes it perfect for sketching.

For information on buying the sketchbook without attending a workshop, scroll to the bottom of the page.

UPCOMING DATES

There are currently no upcoming dates. 

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New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, you're all on my list for next spring! If you're from one of those cities, let me know, I'm still looking for partnerships with studios and design organizations to make these workshops happen!

 

BUYING THE MATERIALS

I've gotten several requests to purchase these materials without attending a workshop. I have good news, the sketchbooks will be available for purchase shortly right here on my website! Stay tuned. Sketchbooks will also be available at the Typism and WeMake conferences. 

The workbooks were printed in an even smaller batch, so I can't guarantee I'll have any left over to sell after my workshop tour. The safest way to get one is to attend a workshop, but in the meantime, I've set up a waitlist. To add your name, join my email list and you'll be prompted to add your name at the end of the process (on the "success" page).