calligraphy III with paperfinger : now on skillshare

Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paperfinger | No Comments »

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The full three-part series is now live on Skillshare and it’s been really exciting to see the good feedback and projects that students are posting.

The third course in the series is Calligraphy III: Experimenting with Layouts, Surfaces, and Digitization and covers approaches and techniques for applying calligraphy to a wide range of projects.

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Explore all three:
Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script

Calligraphy II: Diversifying Your Script Styles

Calligraphy III: Experimenting with Layouts, Surfaces and Digitization


hello madeleine : baby announcements

Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, kids, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger | No Comments »

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I had the pleasure of creating custom hand-lettered baby announcements for sweet Madeleine, born this April. Beautifully printed by Nightingale Handmade.

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paperfinger for skillshare : calligraphy class #1!

Posted: June 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, new york city, paperfinger, press | No Comments »

Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script
An Online Skillshare Class by Bryn Chernoff

My first of three modern calligraphy courses for Skillshare is now live! Teaser above.

Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script is a one-hour course, broken into 16 short video lessons, four project steps with a whole collection of worksheets and handy resources I created to help with your practice. The final project is to write a meaningful name, quotation, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This enjoyable project is a perfect way to spend time with words you love, grow your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting.

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Skillshare says: “Transform your handwriting into beautiful script in this one-hour class with Brooklyn calligrapher Bryn Chernoff. Always welcoming and encouraging, she covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable guide. Plus, with 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages, a guide for straight lines, and countless inspiration photos, there’s no clearer introduction to the world of nibs, ink, and beautiful writing.

Coming Soon: Two more one-hour, project-based classes from Bryn Chernoff on the art of beautiful handwriting! Watch for Calligraphy II: Diversify Your Script Styles and Calligraphy III: Experiment with Layouts, Surfaces, and Digitization.”

Sign up via this referral link so that Skillshare knows I sent you and enjoy a one-month free trial membership! I’ll let you know when the next two courses are released.

** I’ve also created two special supply kits that are now available from my favorite supply source, John Neal Bookseller. There’s a perfect starter kit with all the basics for $20.99 or a more complete collection of inks, papers and supplies for $57.99. Both kits come at a discount for you when you buy those supplies all together. Exclusively for Paperfinger friends! Shop the supplies here.


cameron moll : brooklyn bridge poster

Posted: June 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, design, lettering and fonts, new york city, paper, places | No Comments »

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Cameron Moll‘s letterpress masterpiece of type is not just a beautiful representation of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. “In the artwork, there’s a metric tonne of hidden text: names of the architect, engineers, and laborers that perished; shops and restaurants in Brooklyn; and other items with relation to the bridge…The time spent designing the artwork was more than 300 hours, but the time spent doing research—trips to Brooklyn, studying the bridge, selecting typefaces, thoroughly annotating The Great Bridge—is easily double or triple that amount.”

You may notice the typo in “Brooklyn” on the images — there’s a funny story to go along with that too. Check out his website dedicated to the project and explore options for purchase. Bravo Cameron!

http://brooklynbridge.io
cameronmoll.bigcartel.com

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(*via HOW Design)


typographic design : shun sasaki

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, lettering and fonts | No Comments »

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Very cool work from Japanese graphic designer, Shun Sasaki.

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(*via but does it float)


meanwhile, in san francisco : wendy macnaughton

Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, illustration, lettering and fonts, places | No Comments »

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Wendy MacNaughton is such a talent and her new book, Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words looks to be a very special collection of illustrations and notations, capturing all the corners and characters of her home city — from the library to an intersection to a few moments with a city bus driver. Bravo!

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(*via Brain Pickings; All images courtesy of Wendy MacNaughton/Chronicle Books)


paperfinger : for darphin

Posted: February 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paperfinger | 1 Comment »

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I’ve been honored to do some calligraphy for the Parisian luxury skin and beauty line, Darphin. Here’s some images of the latest displays and advertisements we’ve done together that are currently on display in shops across the world.

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sierra & michael’s wedding [part 3] : helado bar

Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, eats, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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They also planned a yummy and colorful ice cream bar as a part of the wedding festivities and I created some fun signage for the display.

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All photography by Jen Huang.


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation — less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone’s anticipation for the special trip.

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Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named “A Field Guide.” It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation — gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region — hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details — a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide — letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook — illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub — seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff

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All photography by Jen Huang.


happy national handwriting day !

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: lettering and fonts | No Comments »

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Write a note by hand today to celebrate. And take some inspiration from these famous hands.

Above, Walt Whitman. Below, Lewis Carroll:

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Georgia O’Keefe:

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Emily Dickinson (left) and Franz Kafka (right):

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Mark Twain:

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Woody Guthrie:

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John Steinbeck:

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(Images thanks to Buzzfeed, Brain Pickings and Open Culture)