Starting out, I had a rough idea of what I wanted my logo to look like. My first instinct was to find a font and simply type it out, and after searching around the web, I found several fonts that I seriously considered purchasing (such as this, this, or this) that would be close. All of them were beautiful and of the general style I was going for, but I knew that in the long run, I just wouldn’t be satisfied that my logo wasn’t entirely unique or original. I made up my mind and I knew that I had to create something by hand; something that was genuinely mine. What better way to represent myself than my own work of art?
Hand lettering is something that I’ve thought about before (usually while doodling a greeting card for family), but I’ve never really considered it as a serious craft until I began this process of designing a word that would represent who I am to the entire world. So much of me has to be packed into this one little signature. Where do I begin?
A little lost, I turned to the interwebs for some ideas to get me started and found the amazing hand-lettering artist, seanwes. Looking through his work, I was captivated by how much precision and detail went into designing hand-drawn words. It’s something so seemingly simple: everyone you know can write letters and words, but turning them into art is something truly fascinating, and Sean McCabe does it gloriously.
Refreshed and inspired, I went to work trying my best to create the logo I had in mind: elegant, modest, understated and simple with just a tiny bit of flair. I started by writing out the name several times to get the shape of it. I tried different weights, angles, flourishes, and spacing. Fairly quickly, I settled on a simple script.
I drew my first draft of the logo entirely by hand, then for each version after that, I used my light box to trace over the last, while making changes and tweaking it until I was satisfied.
While I am very satisfied with the way these turned out, I feel I can do better and I expect that as my skill improves, I will want to make revisions to this design. I will continue to update about changes and improvements to it (as well as other hand-lettering projects that I’ve been working on) in the near future.
How did you create your signature or logo? Does it have a special story or meaning behind it? Share share share!