5 things I learnt from Nick Misani’s Vintage Lettering Skillshare Course!

Nick Misani teaches the secrets of lettering!

Nick Misani is an incredibly talented hand lettering artist based in Paris and makes beautiful artwork with letters.

I would highly recommend taking Nick Misani’s new course on Vintage Inspired Lettering. The course covers Art Deco lettering and Nick offers useful resources along with the course. You make a postcard during the course so it is not only fascinating to learn about how to do vintage-inspired lettering but you actually have something to show for it at the end of the course!

Here is a little clip that Nick posted on his Instagram account. Give it a go!

Click here to take the Vintage-Inspired Lettering class.

In the mean time, here are a few things you can learn:

1)Art Deco style history

The style reached it’s peak between WW1 and WW2 with the rise of modern machinery. It combined old styles such as Egyptian with new, geometric styles like Cubism to create a unique artistic trend to fit with modern age. Here is a useful little video with more info!

Art Deco

2) The 3 main principles of Art Deco is Contrast, Geometry and Drama.

Contrast – Combination of thicks and thins make the design bold and dramatic.

Geometry – Letters such as G, O and C are made from perfect circles in Art Deco. Normally, these letters are slightly adapted to take up less space but with Art Deco, it is geometrically true to original shapes

Drama – Often has a dramatic composition and style. This may include diagonal design style.

3) Finding inspiration

Pinterest, google and tumblr are obvious places to be inspired but one place I didn’t consider was wikipedia. Click on this link to see the best of Art Deco architecture


4) Variety of letter forms.

Art Deco has such a varied style of letter forms. While there are some hard and fast rules, it is great to experiment. Especially in the decorative font types.

One example is the stacking ligature.

Look at the O! (This is a postcard I’m currently working on!).

This is when the O is raised above a little decorative line. This is because a circular O takes up a lot of space so this O was designed to prevent it from dominating a word.

5) Bulking up


Another rule is when bulking up your letter, the verticals are thick and the horizontals are thin generally.

Hope that helps!

ps. I will post what I’ve done this weekend!

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