When I tell people that I enjoy practicing hand lettering, the usual response is like, “Oh Calligraphic! I love calligraphy!” However, hand lettering and calligraphy are different. Allow me to explain the difference between typography, calligraphy, and hand lettering.
What is Typography?
Typography is the arrangement of type. Typesetters arrange individual metal letters to act as a stamp. It is important to craft the layout so that it is legible and appealing. Typography is just as much an art as photography.
Thanks to the digital age, more people have the opportunity to learn and print using typographic skills. These skills include the understanding in leading, kerning, typefaces and point size. All of this said; Typography is a typeset.
What is Calligraphy?
Calligraphy focuses on the execution of decorative lettering with a pen or brush. This art form is about technique, striving to master consistency within one smooth stroke. Therefore, calligraphy is written.
What is Hand Lettering?
Hand Lettering is customizable because it is hand drawn. Lettering has the freedom to be creative and illustrative. The artist has the liberty to alter the rules about leading and kerning to develop their own layout. Lettering is “drawn.”
I hope that clears up the difference between typography, calligraphy, and hand lettering!
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