Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.

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#OneOfThoseDays?


S.O.S.
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S.O.S.

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#ThankGoodnessFriday


Fit Together
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Fit Together

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#CantWeAllJustGetAlong
#YesWeCan


Sometimes it is Good to Just Run on Auto Pilot
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Sometimes it is Good to Just Run on Auto Pilot

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#JustSayin


Speak Up
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Speak Up

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#TryingTo!


Welcome to the North
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Welcome to the North

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#NowGetToWork


AD
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AD

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#ArtDirectorArtDecoAnnoDomini
#YouPick


Cattails
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Cattails

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#NoticedThemByTheParkingLotThisMorning


Be Faster
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Be Faster

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#SoTheySay


Burst
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Burst

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Q
For someone who wants to do what you do, but doesn't have the money to go to school, what can you suggest for home learning/teaching? Side note I did go to one year of art and design foundation studies. So I do have an art background.
A

I would suggest still educating yourself about type and typographical anatomy (to help you understand lettering proportions), possibly with books such as Thinking with Type, Just My Type, The Geometry of Type, or The Anatomy of Type….but also look at inspirational books such as Typography Sketch Books or Scripts (most of the collections by Steven Heller and his wife Louise Fili work well). A lot of the books you can find online (good used copies) for much cheaper than buying in stores.

And then most important: make work!

Start sketching, inking, painting, letters, letterforms, phrases, random words. Anything where each sketch allows you to get more comfortable. Explore, explore, explore. You might even look at others work and try to recreate it thereby learning new movements—look carefully at those works to really see what the lettering is doing. And also allow your own imagination to take over and create things. It’s like any muscle, the more you “exercise” it and “play with type” the greater your progression! Hope that helps!


Q
Hey Professor! We miss you so much here at KSU! ;.; but I had an idea for how you can keep in touch with your old students, be more interactive with your followers, and even get a bigger following! Why don't you post random phrases, and we do 15 min sketches like we did in type 1! I loved that part of class! Miss you again! - Shey
A

Glad to hear of being missed! Things are always changing aren’t they? The posting of random phrases could be cool, not sure if it would work well here on Tumblr, but I bet there is an interactive way to handle it! Maybe as part of an online tutorial/exercise like a skillshare course…wonder if I could make one of those? Hmmm….


Courage Dear Heart
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Courage Dear Heart

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