Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal Premium class

Mary Kate McDevitt, Letterer

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12 Videos (1h 24m)
    • Introduction

    • Project Assignment

    • Consider Your Audience

    • Find Inspiration

    • Create a Mood Board

    • Study Your Reference Material

    • Brainstorm Copy

    • Sketching With Reference

    • Sketching From Memory

    • Sketching Thumbnails

    • Look at Your Sketches Critically

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Join letterer and acclaimed Skillshare teacher Mary Kate McDevitt as she explores vintage inspirations in this 30-minute, project-based class. As you watch her step-by-step process for redesigning a vintage package, you'll learn the crucial skill of how to interpret reference material without copying, while also practicing and growing your own concepting, sketching, lettering, coloring, and layout skills.

Along the way, Mary Kate shares tactics for flourishes, tips for achieving a vintage look, and useful questions to guide your own packaging project. By the end, you'll have a beautiful, hand-lettered piece to transform a soap or chocolate label, embellish a brand identity, or share with a loved one.

More than 20,000 students have learned to hand-letter with Mary Kate's first two Skillshare classes: The First Step of Hand Lettering and The Final Steps of Hand Lettering. This new class is perfect for artists, illustrators, and everyone who wants to grow their lettering skills.

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Another awesome class!!
Very helpful class with tons of ideas and tips in creating design from vintage inspiration.
Truly an awesome class, extremely detailed in-depth explanations that are inspiring and not boring. Love hearing about Mary Kate McDevitt's process and how she uses these kind of skills in her real-life business projects. She has a very kind and modest demeanor and is relaxing and fun to learn from.
Emiko Peterson-Yoon

Emiko Peterson-Yoon





My name is Mary Kate McDevitt, and I've been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. I've had the privilege of working for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. I take on a variety of projects; everything from editorial illustrations to headlines for advertising, to book covers, journals, posters, wine labels, and products.

I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend, the screen printer Fred DiMeglio, and my fluffy cat Peppy Mew Mew.

For more information, and to view my entire portfolio, visit