Why We Letter: Designing with Friends of Type

Jason Wong and Dennis Payongayong, Designers

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5 Videos (23m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction

    • Mind Mapping and Creating Mood Boards

    • Sketching and Digitizing

    • Finalizing Your Post


About This Class

Learn the step-by-step process that goes into creating a typographic composition from Jason and Dennis—two designers at Friends of Type, the beloved lettering and type sketchblog. It’s a fun, visual, 20-minute class showing off the record covers, skate stickers, layouts, and effects they love. With individual lessons on mind-mapping, mood boards, sketching letterforms, and digitizing your final piece, you'll learn everything you need to choose a favorite pop culture phrase and style it into a Friends of Type post.

Jason and Dennis will personally review the 10 most-liked class projects and feature 3 favorites on the blog.

38 of 49 students recommendSee All

Good Class
Really useful to see two designers working in parallel
I love listening to this video. I have actually listened to it more than once for inspiration and to be remembered about the importance of mind mapping. Highly recommend watching and listening to while you are working on homework. I am a graduate student in graphic design, and it is a good mode of inspiration during the sometimes dull tasks of homework and thesis work.





Jason Wong and Dennis Payongayong are life long friends originally from California, now based in Brooklyn, New York. Together they form half of Friends of Type, the online sketchbook that records typographic and lettering posts between four friends.

Both began their design career at Landor in New York, working on everything from airline graphics to premium spirits.

Moving on from Landor, they worked for some of the most recognized branding and advertising agencies, designing identity systems and developing campaigns for a wide range of clients such as American Red Cross, Starbucks, New York City Dept. of Education, and Sprite. Individually, their work has received a number of awards and has been recognized by a variety of design publications.