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Expressive Hand Lettering: Finding Inspiration in Daily Conversations

Mete Erdogan, Designer and Art Director

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8 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Introduction

    • Project

    • Finding inspiration

    • Creating your first piece

    • Creating your second piece

    • Creating your third piece

    • How to bring your selected piece into Photoshop

    • Final thoughts


About This Class

Learn how designer and illustrator Mete Erdogan brings emotion and imagination to his illustrative type pieces. In this 50 minute class, Mete will guide you through the process of transforming an overheard phrase into an expressive piece of hand lettering. This is the process behind Instagram’s Eavesdropper and the book it inspired, ‘Eavesdropper: Overheard on the Streets’. His pieces have inspired thousands with their humor, insight and honesty.

The class will also cover how to find inspiration, illustrative techniques to express emotion as well as digitally transforming the sketch into a final piece. This class is great for doodlers, beginners and professionals alike. The aim of this class is to show the importance of expression in illustrative type. This is a great exercise you can do from anywhere, whether you’re at your desk or on the go. The techniques you acquire here can be applied to your professional work.

39 of 40 students recommendSee All

Great class. Love the eavesdropping concept for being original.
Samantha Lane


Wonderful class, enjoyed it very much, thank you!
AWEsome tutorial! Mete's the master of his craft. I've learned a lot of tips, on design concept and execution with Mete. I steer clear of handwriting jobs because it's one of my weaknesses, but the class was an effective tool for practice. He guides his student with their design, gives clear, instructions and engage students to explore beyond their limits to create an artwork they can be proud of.
Galilee Anne Morallos

Hopeleslly Poetically Minded





Mete Erdogan

Designer and Art Director

Mete Erdogan is a Melbourne born, New York based designer and
art director at Saatchi NY. He's been involved in projects such as The
Celibacy Challenge, recently added to MoMa's permanent archive
and currently shortlised for two Cannes awards. Mete has written
and published a graphic novel about Melbourne's suburban train line
titled 'Melburbia' and is about to release his newest title based on the
Eavesdropper series 'Eavesdropper: Overheard on the Streets'. His...

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