Draw Your Own Alphabets Book Review by ChristineMM



Title: Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, & Make Your Own

Author: Tony Seddon

Publication: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013

My Summary Statement: An Odd Book - More (Whimsical) Inspiration Than Instruction
My Star Rating: 3 stars out of 5 = It’s Okay

This is an odd book. I did not quite know what to expect before it arrived in my hands.


There are four pages of writing in the front which encourage artists to learn about creating hand lettering by first copying existing lettering. This practice, we are told, will teach us things about proportion and scale and what needs to be thought about when creating certain letters. “It’s important to understand how letterforms work. The anatomy of type is important…” Seddon explains he learned a lot by tracing and copying in a side-by-side manner that he then used as a foundation to create his own fonts. He then presents us with 30 fonts to either copy or get inspired from.


A strange thing is that the fonts presented are unique and whimsical but are not basic fonts that are commonly used, so I am not quite in agreement that copying these exact fonts will teach us much. A font that looks like knitted fabric is cool, but I have zero desire to copy it. The spaghetti font is…just bizarre. Hairy beast font…I’m speechless. These letterforms are given with a graph paper to copy the font or to alter it to make it your own.


At the back of the book are 13 more pages of writing which instruct how to take our own hand drawn letters and to make them into computer fonts. There is also a glossary and an anatomy of a font page.


I learned some about hand lettering and felt inspired. The alphabets here are more for creative inspiration for me, to give me permission to let loose and use my imagination, and that silly or wacky is even alright.


I rate this book 3 stars = It’s Okay.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Amazon.com's Vine program for the purpose of reviewing it on Amazon.com. I was under no obligation to review it favorably or to blog it. I was not paid for this.



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