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We accept the love we think we deserve

Hello! My name is Jess and I'm a graphic designer/letterer from Australia. I started taking this class to improve my lettering skills.


The phrase/quote I've chosen is "We accept the love we think we deserve" from 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky. If you haven't seen the movie - make sure you do! I personally loved the movie more than the book, and this quote has stuck with me ever since I watched the film.


I started with very cliche words such as receiving, giving, gift, ribbon, etc. I wanted to do something a little 'deeper' and more meaningful than just a typical gift concept. However, as I went further through my idea generation I kept going back to it and really liked the concepts of giving and receiving cards, and then started to think about the idea of the cards of life and playing the hand we’re dealt.

Mood board

Lettering Warm-up

For the lettering warm-up I focused on the word 'love' from my phrase, as I felt it had lots of really great visual representations I could use.


My thumbnails are pretty varied; some are purely typographic style layouts and some feature a deeper concept. I liked the idea of a parcel, (middle row, far right) but felt it was a bit too 'easy' and that I could go deeper. I also really liked the idea of a vintage stamp (bottom row, middle) which would go on love letters, but again thought I could go one better.

Like I described at the beginning, I couldn't get my mind away from the idea of cards (this possibly stemmed from the stamp idea) and then begun thinking about the concept of life as a game of cards, and how some people's hands may seem better than others, and ultimately how we must play the hand we're dealt. So this led me to sketch a thumbnail of a Queen of Hearts playing card (middle row, middle), and this is the direction I took with my phrase.

Final Sketch

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Obviously there are things that need tightening up and fixing, but I like to sketch out the general concept and then fix it up when I vectorise it. Also, I like it to not be too perfect, because my favourite thing about hand drawn lettering is the 'human' feel to it. :)

Thanks for reading through my project! If you want to leave some constructive or positive feedback or a comment, I'd really appreciate it! Or if you'd like to see some more of my work, feel free to check out my tumblr: http://jessmatthewsdesign.tumblr.com or my website: http://www.jessmatthewsdesign.com Thanks! :)


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