Hand Lettering, Inspiration

Inspiration: Antiques

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and I wanted to share with you how I stumbled upon some great inspiration for my lettering over the holiday.  On a trip back to Michigan my family and I visited an antique store.  While I was there I found a huge amount of lettering inspiration that I wanted to share with you.   Usually I will just search “Old tins” or “Old toy packaging” on pinterest and find my inspiration there.  This time I got to see it first hand.  Sometimes as a creative person, going out and gathering inspiration like that is one of the best things you can do in order to create something awesome.


One of the places I love to look at letters and designs is on antiques.  Mostly because depending on when they were made they were hand lettered or hand made.  You just don’t find things like that anymore.  Also the design decisions that were chosen back then are very different to how we do it now.  That is because they had more limits.  We can do most things fairly quickly now with a computer and a tablet so that allows us more freedom in creating things.  


I grew up around antiques, my parents loved going into antique shops, auctions and yard sales, and all of us kids got to tag along for the ride.  Antiques have a special spot in my heart because it reminds me of my childhood.  The cool part of antiques is that they were so limited when creating it that it’s often very simple.  And a simple well designed piece is, in my opinion an awesome piece of art.  Most of it might seem very easy to create now, it may be easy to recreate on a computer, but it is much harder to design something simple that is effective.  If you look at any of the top brands their logos will be very simple, but at the same time giving you all the information you need to know.

Simple + Effective = Winning

Below are some of the photos I collected while at the antique shop, hope you enjoy and I will have a download link if you would like to use these pictures to create a mood board for your art.  Where do you find inspiration?


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