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A 40-page, full color inspirational guide to hand lettering, how to make it, and its applications in contemporary design
A 40-page, full color inspirational guide to hand lettering, how to make it, and its applications in contemporary design
52 backers pledged $2,718 to help bring this project to life.

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Just My Type of Lettering: A How-To Book on Hand Lettering

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Just my Type of Lettering: An Inspirational Guide to Hand Lettering by Chelsie Tamms

I've been asked countless times how exactly I make my hand-lettered artwork. This 40-page, full color book details my lettering tools, creative process, how to vectorize artwork, and much more!  It even includes a variety of hand-lettered projects ranging from hand-lettered card designs to personalized product designs to poster designs as well as tips and resources for aspiring lettering artists.

This project began as a senior honors research project at Bradley University and developed into a comprehensive and inspirational guide to my creative process and lettering work.  I have already designed and illustrated the entire book, now I am just looking for funding so I can print it at a local printer, which requires me to buy as many copies as I can upfront to get the best deal.

UPDATE: "Just My Type of Lettering" won a Gold Advertising Award and Best of Show* in the student category at the Peoria Ad Club's American Advertising Awards!

*"Best of Show" is awarded to the entry with the highest average point total of all submitted entries.

Budget breakdown (for $2,700 funding goal):

  • Book printing (200 copies, high quality) = $1,750
  • Prizes & Shipping = $400
  • Kickstarter Fees (8-10%) = $250
  • ISBN Number = $125
  • Shipping costs (for books purchased after Kickstarter) = $150 
Additional Items (if over $2,700 is raised):
  • Commercial Paper Cutter (for card production) = $120
  • Web hosting/domain name for Lettering Works website (2-year contract) = $120
  • eCommerce Website Plugin (to enable sales after Kickstarter) = $50
  • Greeting Card Display (x2) = $60
  • T-shirts printing supplies = $100
 
 
 

Thanks to Alexander Martin for shooting the video and http://www.bensound.com for the music!

Risks and challenges

• Reaching the deadline because I will be dependent on printers to produce the book and want to ensure the highest quality printing

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