Jenn Coyle

Skillshare Teacher, Designer, Illustrator

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Sample Project

Here's my hand lettered project, separated into each step!

My inspiration: 

I found my quote on Pinterest - a search tool that I find myself using more than Google Images! My quote is "Creativity is intelligence having fun" by Albert Einstein. Love everything about that quote.

I pulled inspiration from sans serif styles of Lissitzky and my own go-to hand lettering style. I wanted graphical inspiration that portrayed a sense of fun and liveliness, with strong geometric shapes to hint at mathematics.

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In terms of color, I found this photo on Unsplash.com and I love the complementary colors.

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Here's my inventory of all of the letters I need for my quote. Do you see anywhere where I could've saved a step with sketching? I do!

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My lettering pieces, sketched out and inked on plain paper (the dot grid paper did NOT scan well, FYI):

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Lettering pieces, digitized:

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Full letter inventory:

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Quote laid out in black and white:

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First iteration with color, but ultimately I went with the orange background…

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And then added some Lissitzky inspiration in here, using the strong diagonals and geometric shapes. I made sure to keep these design details subtle so the main focus would still be on the quote.

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