The ABC of Custom Lettering

The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro. Foreword by Ken Barber.

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176 pages
216 mm x 260 mm
Ivan Castro
Ken Barber
Korero Press
Temporary of stock
UK Release:
March 2016
The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro. Foreword by Ken Barber.

Need to produce a flyer? Want to draw up a logo for a band? Does your local speed shop need a T-shirt design? Don’t want to use the same old computer fonts? Well, let graphic designer and typography teacher Ivan Castro show you The ABC of Custom Lettering. This practical workbook features easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance on hand drawing a range of letterforms, from Modern Roman and Gothic to Latin, Script, and Interlocked. It uses traditional instruction methods with a modern twist, and includes gallery sections for inspiration and exercises and projects that enable you to practise your technique.

Foreword by Ken Barber
Award-winning Ken Barber is the principal letterer and typeface design director for the renowned type foundry House Industries in Yorklyn, Delaware, USA. He is a partner of Photo-Lettering, Inc., and regularly conducts lettering workshops around the world.

Read our interview with Ivan Castro.


“This is the book I wish I'd had when I was starting out, 40+ years ago.”Art Chantry

“Finally, a lettering book I can recommend to students!" — Ken Barber, House Industries


A day in the life of Ivan Castro, calligrapher and letter artist. Video by Chris Matsu.

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 15 years, and has been teaching calligraphy and lettering for 10 years in the main design schools in Barcelona. He travels frequently, holding workshops and giving lectures at design festivals and conferences.