Shelley Bassett



Typography and Lettering

Handwriting Sample

Amazing Handwritten Fonts

Looking to add some personal flair to your next typography project? Try a handwriting font!

Handwritten fonts have a unique place in typography. They can range from beautiful and cursive to blocky and bold. But no matter the style, a handwritten font can bring a flair to even the most dry of projects.

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Painting the letter "M" in watercolour

How to make a coloured font you can really use!

Making a coloured font you can actually type with is a super simple process when you know how. And the results are great!

I’ve written before about the incredible ease of Fontself, but did you know that you can use the plugin to make an installable (and tapeable) coloured font? It’s easier than you might think.

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typography books

6 Typography Books Every Designer Needs

What typography books does a budding designer need? Here are 6 essentials to any library.

Designers are well known for having a vast library of resources, but if you’re new to the field, where should you start? Here are 6 typography books that every designer needs to add to their collection.

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Setting guides for Fontself in Adobe Illustrator

How to use Fontself

Want to know how to use Fontself to create custom fonts? This easy step by step guide will get you started.

I’ve fallen in love with Fontself. It’s a great plugin for Adobe’s Illustrator and Photoshop, providing an easy way to create custom fonts, both in standard black and colour SVG. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to use Fontself. It’s not hard to get started, all you need is your editing program, the Fontself plugin, and an idea.  (more…)

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BirdFont Interface

3 Quick Ways to Make a Font

It's really easy to make a font. Here are 3 different ways to make a customised font, without breaking the budget.

It can’t be said enough, I love fonts and typography. I love using them, I love making them… I just really like letters. If you want to make a font, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a quick guide for choosing the right program for you. It covers the quick, the free and even creation for those with a bit more experience looking to branch out. (more…)

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Should I use Fontself?

I've found a nifty little tool called Fontself. If you have Illustrator or Photoshop, this could be the font solution you're looking for!

I love lettering. I jump at every chance I get to play with letters. It’s where my love of fonts comes from. Many are based from simple scribbles in my skechbook. But transforming pencil sketches into a usable font can be quite a task. I’ve used many different applications to do this in the past, but now I can use a simple plug-in. Fontself integrates seamlessly with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and is a time-saving solution for artists and designers. (more…)

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A Peace of Lettering

Finding balance with word shapes

It’s no secret that I love fonts and lettering. There are handcrafted fonts in my shop, and creative uses of typography in my portfolio. But for me, words and letters have a far reaching impact.

Writing has always been a part of my creative outlets. I’m not very good, and don’t expect to be a published novelist, but it’s a way for me to think through noise and sort my thoughts out.

Lettering and typography help me keep my sanity in a number of ways, and the peace that they bring to a busy day is always welcome.


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