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lettering, Life, Type

I can't do this but I'm doing it anyway

by Christine Herrin

San francisco — I’m struggling. Deep breaths. I can almost hear Ken’s voice in my head: Not enough contrast, fix that M, this doesn’t work, that’s misaligned. Sketch it again. My estimated five hours has turned into eight and counting. I laugh — who do I think I am? Five hours, for a 3x4 foot chalkboard? — and get back to the feeling of impending doom. Then I think, damn you, Amy. … Amy Poehler, that is. I...

Type, lettering

My Four W's.

by Christine Herrin

San francisco — The fifth W ought to be “work”, as in the work I’m supposed to be doing instead of drawing letters, but…

Letters, Type, Calligraphy

Learning letters

by Christine Herrin

San francisco — The teacher passes by to look at my work. “Oh, I like that one! You’re doing well,” she says, pointing to the V on the second line. She must’ve forgotten that it was the sample V she had written out ...

Letters, Type, Typography

Learning letters, Part Deux

by Christine Herrin

New york — “… It looks good. I like this line over here. You didn’t overthink it, so that’s good,” Ken says, stopping to check my work. Yay! “…But the L, maybe you can sketch it like this. Remember, your c...

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