Lettering – the drawing, designing and illustration of words – has a personal uniqueness that is increasingly valued in today’s digital society, whether personal or professional. This lettering manual by internationally renowned designer Ivan Castro outlines the basic materials and skills needed to get started and decodes typographical concepts and the principles of construction and composition. Ivan also presents several practical projects that allow the reader not just to practice their newfound skills, but to develop their own ideas. In-depth but accessible, this book is the ideal beginner’s guide and also an excellent reference for the well-versed.
Foreword by Alex Trochut
Alex Trochut was born in 1981 in Barcelona, Spain. After completing his studies at Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, Alex established his own design studio in Barcelona before relocating to New York City. Through his design, illustration and typographic practice, he has developed an intuitive way of working that has resulted in his expressive visual style.
Ivan Castro is a graphic designer based in Barcelona, Spain, who specializes in calligraphy, lettering and typography. His work involves everything from advertising to editorial, and from packaging to logo design and gig posters. Although Ivan claims to have no specific style, one could say that he has a strong respect for the history of popular culture. He has been working in the field for 20 years, and has been teaching calligraphy and lettering for 15 years in the main design schools in Barcelona. He travels frequently, holding workshops and giving lectures at design festivals and conferences. He is also the author of the book The ABC of Custom Lettering.
Read our interview with Ivan Castro.