Sponsor giveaway: Draw your own alphabets!

Draw Your Own Alphabet

Draw Your Own Alphabet

Draw Your Own Alphabet

Draw Your Own Alphabet

I love drawing alphabets. I don’t think I’m very good at it, but I try anyway.

So when there’s a book out that tells me that there’s a way to draw different types of fonts – I’m sold. I mean, why wouldn’t I want to add the ability to draw hand-drawn fonts to my drawing repertoire? I’d be silly to toss that idea aside! While my copy is making its way to me in the mail (and I saw great previews of the book via Amazon), I just couldn’t wait to let you know that you can win a copy of this book right now!

One of my sponsors for this month, the lovely Princeton Architectural Press is giving away FIVE – I repeat – FIVE copies of Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own by Tony Seddon worth USD$19.95 each to five different readers. No matter if you’re in Kuala Lumpur (like I am), in South Africa, or in Australia, you can be in the running to win a copy!

So what you need to do is this: share with me your favorite font in the whole wide world (it can be hand-drawn, or not, it doesn’t matter!) in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book. Deal?

Be sure to have them in by Tuesday, 30th April to be in the running! We’ll email the winners after that, so if you snooze, you lose!


Thank you all for participating! The winners, generated randomly is Elisa, Ana Pina, Julia Levis, Ellen and Terina! I’ll be sending an email out to you guys shortly, so watch out for it! In the meantime, to make sure you don’t miss out on future cool giveaways, sign up for our mailing list!

303 Replies to “Sponsor giveaway: Draw your own alphabets!”

  1. Irit says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

    1. Jodi Lynn burton says:

      My favorite font is Rockwell. I also like hand lettering this font because it reminds me of learning to write. It’s clean and fun looking.

    2. Chris says:

      I love handwritten type!

    3. My favorite font is Lodge by You Work For Them (a great company with super-affordable fonts/images/brushes). It’s my logo font and it came out just in time!

    4. Elisa says:

      I have always been into Graffiti … and Jokerman!

    5. Joan Herlinger says:

      Hi Amy!
      Would love this book as I’m always drawing letters when I’m in meetings.
      Best joan

  2. Jess says:

    You can never have too many alphabets! 😀

  3. I do use a lot of “hand-drawn” fonts in my work but haven’t plucked up the confidence to do my own though would love to – this sounds like just the sort of book I’d relish! Thanks for the generous giveaway and good luck to everyone!

  4. Jodie says:

    My favorite font is Brain Flower! i want to win that book! ♥

  5. Adrianne says:

    Avenir! Always appropriate, with just enough personality.

  6. Yesica says:

    I work in a book company and would really love to experment with hand types in future works! good luck to me please!

  7. Rebecca K says:

    I really love scripty fonts. I’m loving one called Viner hand. My goto font for standout on publications in Trahan. Thanks Amy!

  8. madeira says:

    I’d really love to win this book <3

  9. Julia says:

    This is just the book I need right now!

  10. Amy Louise says:

    This book looks amazing! I love experimenting with text especially as screen prints and patterns. My personal favourite font is Baskerville – purley because John Baskerville was from my home town. I sort of feel proud of it!

  11. Clara Charlotte says:

    A bather whose clothing was strewed
    By winds that had left her quite nude
    Saw a man come along…
    And unless we are wrong
    You thought the last line would be lewd


    1. Clara Charlotte says:

      favourite font in the whole wide world is the MERAN family. It is lovely and so well done.
      Also I adore the handwriting of my grandpa. 🙂 But that’s no use to you, eh?

  12. DJ says:

    Oh what a cool looking book!
    I’d love to win!

  13. Kate says:

    A few months ago I created my own font using one of those “create your own font” websites. It took several tries to get it right, but now I love it because it’s mine!

  14. This book would be so useful to me! I use lettering in my illustrations very often, but I’m not as confident as I should be. I want to learn how to draw alphabets! Thank you for organizing this giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  15. Alessia says:

    Would like to have!

  16. Lin says:

    Nice for handmade books. Thank you.

  17. Guilherme Caldas says:

    Would be great to have this book!

  18. Ana Perez says:

    I would love to own my own copy of this book thru your giveaway! Hope I get it!

  19. Sarah Cunningham says:

    I type most of my poems in Garamond but am trying to be more experimental these days in order to study how font affects the poem on the page. This book would help!!

  20. So cool! I’d probably keep this next to my bed for some late-night letter scribbling. 🙂

  21. Liz says:

    My favourite font is Arial. Haha. Just kidding. It’s really Comic Sans. 😉

    Please, please pick me to win the book, and I promise to make some anti-Arial and non-Comic sans alphabets immediately!

  22. Katie says:

    I am in love. I need this!

  23. mary jo says:

    I love the knit font & am already thinking of all find of places I could use this.

  24. I have three!! The always dependable Helvetica with Optima and Palatino coming in second and third!

  25. Paulis Waber says:

    Would love to have this book to add a new dimension to my design and illustration work.

  26. Laura Brightwood says:

    yes! I want.I need.

  27. Megan says:

    Ooohh…this book sounds great! My favorite font is probably Modern no 20….or my other favorite (only occassionally applicable) font is called f— you las vegas¡

  28. Gotta love hand drawn type. Fun stuff. I’m a big fan of helvetica for easy on the eye, easy to read, clean type. But organic hand drawn type often has an appeal that brings the perfect solution together in a design. My daughter is an up and coming illustrator/designer and I would love to gift this book to her. Thanks.

  29. Julia says:

    Fonts, fonts, fonts!! So many creative & beautiful fonts out there in the world, but I have a special fondness in my heart for Vivaldi Script. That’s the font I used for our wedding invitations and programs nine years ago.

  30. i can’t live without gotham and helvetica thin!! would love to have this awesome book!

  31. emily b says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much! I would love to add this book to my library. My go-to font is Vinyl. To the point I sometimes think I should consider sharing the love. But it always seems appropriate! 🙂

  32. Melissa Hill says:

    I would love to learn more about how to letter. It’s one of my weak spots. Personally I love American Typewriter for my poetry, and Century Gothic for when I want a clean look.

  33. Bridget says:

    Oh, I´m so so super excited by this book! I could sit and play a round of “What font is that?” with other designer friends for days. But seriously, I am an illustrator who relishes a need for hand drawn type whenever possible, so pass this book on over. It will get prime real estate on my bookshelf. 🙂

  34. ana pina says:

    I’m still in love with “courier new” font since I first met it I think 🙂
    Would love to be lucky enough to win the book!

  35. Ben Carlsen says:

    Recently, I’ve grown quite fond of Proxima Nova. Since I have no budget to buy fonts, however, I’ve discovered an extremely similar font, Montserrat, which looks quite nice as well.

    Close runner up and definite winner of “most interesting font” would be Averia, mainly because of how it was developed.

  36. Kiara says:

    My favorite font changes ( my favorite color does too!) Right now I love a font called CabinSketch. It’s rustic and cool!

  37. Anneleen says:

    I love the typography used in the central station of Brussels (Belgium), a buidling designed by Victor Horta. The black art deco-letters on the white lightboxes are simple and just that little bit different. I see them every day passing by in the train to work.

  38. I would love a copy of this book! My favorite font (or font set) right now is AW Conqueror fonts, which are free at the moment:


  39. Masha says:

    I can’t help but use Museo Slab all the time. I guess I just love slab serifs, and there’s something about this one that’s just unique!

  40. Jessie says:

    This is fantastic. Please enter me too! 🙂 thanks! Xo

  41. I have a crush on adobe Garamond and a crush on this book! I hope I win;)

  42. Walter Wirtz says:

    Getting that book would be a good asset to my library, I´ve been focused on Animation books so far.

  43. I have a crush on adobe Garamond. I would be thrilled to win a copy.

  44. claire says:

    what a wonderful book and giveaway! would love to own a copy. i’ve heard great things about this book.

  45. Erin says:

    Gotham is my current favorite; it is both versatile and friendly.

  46. palespectre says:

    My favourite font is nothing too fancy. I really like gill sans mt.:)

  47. melissa says:

    I’m so bad at typography! i often end up using Gil sans because it looks clean and does the job.

  48. jen says:

    oh my goodness i would love to have this book on my shelf!

  49. My favourite typeface is American Typewriter, probably purely for nostalgic reasons – the I ❤ NY logo is the first logo design I loved and it was the logo that caused me to realise there was an art to creating logo designs and was in some small way, a stepping stone to my path to becoming a graphic designer and illustrator. Recently though, I’m quite intrigued by the Brothers typeface and I have a special affection for Trade Gothic.

  50. Momo says:

    A B C D … let it be me 🙂
    E F G H … Or throw me in a cage!
    I J K L … I wish everyone well
    M N O P … Whoever gets it will be full of glee.

  51. Deb says:

    Helvetica. Lots of Helvetica.

  52. Franny A says:

    I really like Ideal Sans by Hoefler-Frere and Jones because its no-nonsense characters look amazing whether their 6pt or 72pt, across different weights, without losing their personality! 🙂

  53. I really like St. Marie, which is a thin, light-weight font perfect for anytime use. Simple & elegant!

  54. Mariah says:

    Recently I’ve been falling in love with hand lettering, BUT I have to say that right now my favorite font is Bariol (http://www.bariol.com/)
    but it can change tomorrow 😉

  55. Evrim A. says:

    I hate Times New Roman, so at work I always use Garamond. But other than that Pecita is my favourite these days!
    And thanks for this brilliant giveaway. Would really love to win a copy:)

  56. Francesca says:

    I think having my own font could be the touch I need to make my work more personal and take it to the next level…please gimme one!

  57. Cathleen Savage says:

    I would love to have an updated book on creating fonts! My Dad gave me one of his textbooks in the 1960s on drawing fonts by hand. I love it but…

  58. WOW what a choice. Hand drawn I love one I’ve seen called ‘Handvetica’ basically a hand drawn version of Helvetica, it’s really simple and creative. My dad created a font with Fontographer many years ago, it was for a chess magazine and each charater was a chess piece, lovingly hand created before the age of graphics tablets on a very old Mac (not old at the time). I couldn’t tell you it’s name but it was the best thing I’ve ever seen. Would be good to add this to my hand drawn book collection. Best of luck to all xxx

  59. Lea says:

    This book looks great! I’d love to have a copy to learn something from it 🙂

  60. Angela says:

    I love the fony sybil green 🙂
    I’m lucky to know this site for a long time because its very inspirational and full of creativity 🙂 thank you soo much for all your articles 🙂 keep it up!

  61. Amber Renee says:

    I would love to win! P.S. I’m new here and I’m def linking you at our blog! Very cute! Nice to meet you xo

  62. michelle says:

    whitney, avant garde, felix, SO MANY FONTS!
    my favourite is anything handwritten, i love people’s handwriting, how free it is and how it has quirks.

    handwriting and books, my two favourite things combined 🙂

    would love to win!X

  63. Vi says:

    I officially declare my crush on Futura (and a thousand of others)!

  64. Verna says:

    I’m really liking “Walkway” right now!

  65. Katie says:

    How did I not know this book existed?! This is effective advertising, because if I don’t win I’ll go out and buy it–or make someone else get it for me. 😉 As for a favorite typeface… I don’t know that I have one. I love the type families of Gotham, Helvetica, Didot, Baskerville… there’s more, I’m sure. Jessica Hische is my favorite letterer, I know that much!

  66. Mary says:

    My favorite font is actually a dingbat, Whirligig by Zuzana Licko. So beautiful.

  67. I am ALWAYS stuck when I try to letter any of my art work. I would love some magical help! Thank you for the offer. crossed fingers and toes

  68. frank says:

    Great book! Way cool! Alphabets galore 🙂

  69. julie reed says:

    While I have many favorite fonts I like to use for various projects, I lean towards some of the basics like Copperplate or Engravers. Would love to branch out and do some hand lettering……so, please enter me in the drawing for the book! Thanks!

  70. aijung says:

    my favorite is Craw Clarendon. it reminds me of old-time children’s books. my favorite for hand-lettering is simply a capitalized serif font. when you do it by hand, it looks very human and quirky.

  71. Lucky says:

    So amazing! I would love to own a copy!

  72. Melissa says:

    Ooh! I really want to learn about fonts! What a fun books. Please enter me in the drawing. 🙂 Thank you.

  73. linda says:

    Wow, would be fabulous to win – sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance. Currently, I’m really into the font KG Ray of Sunshine!

  74. Skye Griffin says:

    I would love this book! Ho fun!

  75. Anne says:

    My favorite fonts are the thin geometric fonts of the deco period, but I am intrigued enough by these comments to look up some of the fonts mentioned here. Sounds like a great book!

  76. Judy Little says:

    I am in the process of learning letterpress. Cool all the variations a single print can take. I’ve been encouraged to design my own fonts for letterpress use and think this would be the perfect tool to do just that. Would love to win this book. Thanks for extending this offer.

  77. Yvonne says:

    Yay! Both me and my boyfriend would jump for joy if we could win this book, we luuuv fonts and especially GOOD handwritten ones (does this count as two entries? ;)) As he isn’t sitting next to me right now (aw), I’m kind of secretly in love with: ‘Pisak’.
    *fingers crossed*

  78. This book is so going into my library!

  79. Ning Fathia says:

    I almost faint. I love typo, and I love to draw and doodle. This book just enhanced my ultimate obsessions!

    My favorite font of the moment is Abrahamlincoln font, it’s tall and proper just like the man himself! I always love the font lullaby too, it has a handwritten feeling to it but still adequate to pair with non-handwritten font!

    Hello from Indonesia, neighbor!

  80. Since I am a chalk artist, this book would be of great interest to me. Thanks.

  81. Elisa says:

    I am fascinated with the Hello Kitty font right now. Thank you for the giveaway.

  82. Kate says:

    I would LOVE this book. I have been teaching myself lettering and I know this book would be a great help to me. Thank you so much for opening this up to everyone!

  83. Georgia says:

    Hi Amy! My go-to font lately has been Neutra Text. It’s simple and practical but with a little quirk. However my current favorite is a new addition to my library, it’s called Dundee!

  84. Alex says:

    I would love, love, love this book, please! I am totally rubbish when it comes to lettering and totally envious of those who effortlessly make it part of their work/designs. Thanks muchly x

  85. Ellen says:

    I’d be in font heaven! What a thoughtful giveaway!

  86. Launie_m says:

    I have had a fascination with type and fonts all my life. Enough that it has influenced my career choices to this very day.

  87. Amber says:

    Oooooh!!!! I want!!!

    My favorite font…hmmmm….I think Otama is a gorgeous font.

  88. ellen says:

    My favorite font *right now* is Monte Carlo Script. It may change next week 😉 I love fonts!!!

  89. Stephanie says:

    I’d love a copy of the book. Looks like a good one!

  90. carla says:

    So lovely and well explained, I want a copy 🙂

  91. molly says:

    This book looks great! I’d love to win a copy.

  92. Wehaf says:

    My favorite font is probably Edward Gorey’s hand-lettering for his illustrations. It’s a sort of Gothic type-writer look, and it’s fabulous!

  93. kathryn says:

    I know it is not too exciting, but my favorite is Futura. And I have a secret love of Mesquite!

  94. Julie Hutchinson says:

    My favourite fonts are ANYTHING designed by Jessica Hische!! I’d love a copy of this book!

  95. Claire says:

    i love the classic 1920s/30s jazz and movie fonts, so i’d love to win this book!
    thanks amy 🙂
    i’m also having a birthday giveaway on my blog – winner drawn 1 may – you’re most welcome to join in!

  96. Wow! This looks great! Thanks for the chance!

  97. Julie VW says:

    Oh what a great giveaway! I love the gracefulness of modern fonts like Didot and Bodoni.

  98. Ted Ramsey says:

    Amy, you are an inspiration. Thank You for you great energy and light.
    Please include me in your book draw!

  99. Kirsten says:

    I love handmade fonts and my favorite fonts (can’t pick just one) are Art Deco fonts! I’d love to win a copy of this book…

  100. Andrea ADC says:

    My fave font is Verdana! I’d love to own a copy. Thanks in advance!

  101. Stephanie Bokowy says:

    What a great book! I teach Art in a K-8 school and this would be a fabulous resource. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  102. Paper yum says:

    My font love started in a letterpress shop with good ol Bodoni! It isn’t the prettiest but there is something about it.

  103. Nacho says:

    I love this book! I need this book!! 😀

  104. Cherylyn says:

    Oh, what fun! Please make me the one 😉

  105. Christine says:

    My favorite font is St Mika by Stereotypes. I love fonts!

  106. My favorite book is one on vintage lettering and fonts. I would be the happiest girl if I could add this to my library! Thanks for a chance at winning this fab find!

  107. Lisa says:

    Hi! The font I always seem to go back to is futura — can be used for anything! Lately I’ve been in to marketing script tho. 🙂

    Hope I win!!! Thanks! 🙂

  108. Candace says:

    I too love drawing alphabets, and I also don’t think I’m personally any good. But I do keep trying, and I do keep doing. I’d love to find how this book could help!
    As far as font crushes? I was asked what my favorite is once and I was stumped. There are so many, and they all come with their own viewer’s emotional reaction. For a time I was in love with Perpetua. I still quite adore Wyld. I’ve always appreciated Century Gothic and Adobe Garamond. Mountain Retreat is a breath of fresh air, and Bonnington reminds me of a classy Speakeasy.
    Remember though when each person had their own personal font? Just because everything was– at one time– handwritten? My son’s school has chopped cursive from the curriculum block and is instead teaching “computer lit”. How depressing! I miss my mom’s script handwriting. I cling to old postcards, antique books with inscriptions, and dated love letters from the 40s for the individual, completely unique handwritten fonts preserved on each. *Swoon, and sigh*.
    Daydreams and reminiscing aside, thank you Amy for the opportunity to try and win!

  109. deb davidson says:

    This is so difficult as I am inspired by so many fonts depending on the project/mood….but I really have a pang for old typewriter fonts., nostalgically….yet when I used to HAVE to use a typewriter that was past it’s best it used to drive me mad when letters flooded, now I miss them 😀 Apart from them, handwritten fonts can be sooooo beautiful…….so into fonts I am reading ‘just my type’ at the mo…….

  110. Joy Charde says:

    I need this book! Currently, my favorite font is “Lullaby” 🙂 My favorites are always changing…

  111. Wendy Lin says:

    Hallo! I’m a font freak, and choosing my favorite font would be like choosing my favorite book. Are you kidding me? But lately, I am loving Centabel for blocks of text, the inky, brushy feel of Arizonia, the Arts and Crafts feel of Eccentric, the retro feel of Sign Painter, and I love love the intimacy of the Jane Austen font. One of my favorite movies? Helvetica! Having a copy of your book would be such a treasure! Thanks for offering, and good luck to everyone!

  112. Noelle Olpin says:

    Sounds fantastic, count me in!

  113. Lynn H Slotkin says:

    I am an art teacher (grades 3-8) and since I am a font-a-holic, I regularly have my students create projects with lettering. I am always looking for new references and ideas~ this book looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win!

  114. Jessica says:

    I love hand drawn fonts and some of my favorites are: soymilk, ostrich and saint agnes!

  115. denise says:

    Awesome giveaway!!!

  116. carmen says:

    Love fonts and would love a copy of the book.
    mrs jones

  117. Bevolee says:

    A book on delicious fonts *drool* what a lovely giveaway you have for us!

    At the moment I’m really liking ‘Windsor Hand’ but I also have a huge soft spot for delicate calligraphy and handwritten fonts, e.g. ‘Sunshine in my Soul’.

    This book will be a wonderful resource and a great ‘motivation kick-up-the-backside’ for me to make my own awesome fonts! >.<


  118. jacqueline says:

    Gerritszoon! ; ) It’s not in existence but it makes for a wonderful story in “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”

  119. Mary says:

    My favorite font is Gothic. I would LOVE to win this book. I’ve been trying to get better at my lettering because I’m pretty terrible. Not sure why I can draw other things but not letters… I really hope I win! 🙂

  120. Suzanne Davis says:

    My “hand drawn” lettering could use some help! But, two of my favorite type fonts are Gabriola and Harrington. Thanks for the chance to win!

  121. I want! This looks like such a fun book!

  122. I’d love to get a copy of that book! Thanks for the chance to win one 🙂

  123. Cate says:

    My favorite font has been Baskerville for years and years. I love it when I was a kid because I loved Sherlock Holmes, and now I just love it because I think it’s beautiful, and it is conveniently ubiquitous. Gotta love it!

  124. Would really love to win this book! I’m trying to get my own poetry nicely in pictures, with the right lay-out a.s.o. So… this would be my book to help me with original lettertypes. So, please do…

  125. Shelley says:

    Woweeee!! Looks sooooo cool !

  126. julie says:

    I would love to give this to my brother for his birthday!

  127. Andy McNally says:

    I do a lot of web design so I actually love the simple beauty of Helvetica, but prefer hand drawn fonts for my graphics and art projects.

  128. Regan Barks says:

    What a great book! Hopefully it could work for someone like me who can barely draw a straight line! My favorite font is one my husband hand draws, influenced by his Cherokee heritage.

  129. I could really use this book, I sure need to improve my hand-typing!

  130. Monica Escobar says:

    I really really want to draw my own alphabet, just need the book!! Would love to win it!!

  131. My favorite font is Papyrus, it is a neat old fashion letter to me. Sure I would love to be the one who win the book if possible.
    Thank you for your offering!

  132. shelley says:

    what a fantastic giveaway, i would love to win this book! my favorite font is courier new. cheers!

  133. Camila says:

    My favorite font is the one I created. I used it on the art of a cd I designed called “Continuous Friendship” by Hamilton de Holanda and Andre Mehmari.

  134. Jonathan says:

    I would love to have this book! I am an art teacher, and my students are always asking me to help them design their own fonts for their projects.

  135. Amy Eileen Koester says:

    I adore fonts. I’m not sure I can choose just one. I prefer sans to serifs, is that close enough to a choice?

  136. tifanie says:

    amazing giveaway! thank you for the opportunity! :::

  137. Karie says:

    My favorite fonts are non-serif, but I’m finally beginning to experiment with hand-drawn fonts. I’d love to have a book with tips and hints.

  138. Alexandra says:

    it would be so cool to have this book…it brought back memories of my years in Architecture School when I’d dedicate more time to the lettering in my drawings than to other details sketching them inside a box with all it’s divisions, and well you know what I mean, way before computers…everything done by hand!! Thanks for the opportunity to participate and good luck to everyone, read you soon, Alexandra

  139. Jena says:

    I love any type book! 🙂

  140. Mollie says:

    For utility, Helvetica. For fun, it’s always changing because new things excite me. I’ve always loved type, and this book has me getting all kinds of happy!

  141. I love drawing my own fonts, so when I look at fonts for inspiration I love the kind of fonts that you can tell are hand-drawn 🙂

  142. Gaia says:

    Ooh its tough to pick one! But right now, I LOVE “Diamonds” by HVD Fonts.

  143. Sara says:

    Would love to start making hand drawn letters – I make illustration and this book would definitely take my work further.
    This snowflake font from Jessica Hische is wonderful

  144. Pilar Moreno says:

    This is great! I´ve been wanting to draw my own fonts for a long time but didn´t know where to start, now it´s time!!

  145. Bridgeen says:

    I really struggle with lettering and fonts so I think this book would be an extremely useful resource to have. Would love to be in with a chance of winning a copy!

  146. Petra says:

    My favourite font is Archer Pro and I am looking forward to draw some of my own dots and lines 😉

  147. Jo Z says:

    I am a book and font lover. How did I miss this on Amazon? I would love a copy. hanks for the chance to win one.

  148. Amanda says:

    I love handwritten type but if I have to use one, I browse Lost Type Co-op. http://www.losttype.com/browse/ My current fave here is Valencia!

  149. ren says:

    my favorite font is caslon. it’s just simple and elegant and clean but with a little punch.

  150. Natalie says:

    What fun! It would be my treasure!!

  151. jeannene says:

    love the cover! thanks for the giveaway

  152. cassandra e. says:

    my favourite font to use is caslon, and lots of variations of it – it looks great paired with so many other fonts too.
    it would be so fun to win this book!!! choo-choo-choose me!

  153. John says:

    Would love to win this book as a resource for school. Favourite font ? – has to be comic sans I’m afraid!

  154. kate widdicombe says:

    Oh lovely book, I’ve had a lifelong crush on graph paper, I love the little tiny squares and of course the beautiful alphabet that makes our wonderful words and forms our incredible languages and all that this brings to us. Against the tide of technology, I remain faithful to hand drawn design and old fashioned ways of working. How nice to see a book celebrate this. Lovely book, my shelf is calling to you……. X

  155. This is JUST what I need right now, so I would LOVE to be entered for a chance to win. As for favorite font, I’m sorry to have to admit I am a Helvetica girl. Maybe I need a book like this to change that? 😉

  156. kim says:

    i love the alphabet! who doesn’t? 🙂

  157. Nads says:

    This book looks amazing, I’ve been obsessed with developing a handwritten copperplate script of my own, to use in my comics eventually, but right now just to write inane letters to friends. I even have a bunch of those lined notebooks they give kindergarteners that I’ve been practicing in! Anyway, thanks for the giveaway, because it brought this book to my attention. And good job whoever’s doing the marketing– they sure did hit their target market with this blog!

  158. Traci Bixby says:

    Wow, I was just looking for a book like this! Thanks for the chance.

  159. Jamie Hogan says:

    I’d love to have this book! I’m including a hand-lettering for illustrators project in my fall semester, so this would be a very handy book for planning. My current fave font is Mesquite. Just got back from Austin, and that old-timey cowboy look suits me, y’all.

  160. vesle serena says:

    What a nice giveaway! These days I like fonts like Pluto and Brevia from HDV + ITC Chino. I love that they are clean and friendly and soft.
    I hope I win the book 🙂

  161. Penelope says:

    I love hand-lettering…not sure I have a favorite font though. Hmmm…anything with clean lines, preferably sans-serif, little design quirks here and there….you know the type 😉

  162. I would be thrilled to win this book!

  163. MUS says:

    ooooeh i like it!

  164. Me please! I’d love a copy of that book…

  165. Merissa says:

    This book looks good! Just the type of subject I love! As for my favorite font, I love everything and anything by the amazing Jon Contino. Joncontino.com

  166. coleen says:

    Sounds like a great, inspirational read, love type and fonts especially handdrawn ones, Please can I have a copy, can you post the ISBN no: for all who would like a copy.

  167. Kazz says:

    I’ve always found it impossible to pick a font – there are so many to choose from! My fav has to be a free one called Billo.. it’s so cute, although pretty impractical, but so round and bubbly and I love the stars in it 🙂
    Would love to get this book. If I don’t end up winning it I’ll put it on my Amazon wishlist 🙂

  168. Genna Byrne says:

    Fabulous, please enter me for it!

  169. Fab little giveaway!
    I really LOVE courier new… an oldie but a goodie 🙂

  170. michelle says:

    my favourite font is GARAMOND 🙂

  171. hiiragi says:

    yep, i would like it!

  172. Zoe says:

    Only ONE favourite?! Oh Amy, that is like choosing a favourite child. Hee. But, I will aquiesce and say that right now, in this moment, my fave font is designed by a cool typography house based in Melbourne, Australia, called Letterbox. The font is called ‘Bisque’. It is ridiculously cute and needs to be used carefully or it can look inappropriate.

    Back in my college days we designed and hand drew fonts quite a bit. My fave one of those was one called ‘meringue’ which I designed based on my mother’s old kenwood whisk attachment for her massive old benchtop beater. It was great fun!

    It has been far too l ong since I igot out the pens and had a go at font design.

    Would LOVE a copy of that book!

  173. Christie Webber says:

    I like handwritten fonts such as ‘HELLO I LIKE YOU’. But most of the time I am writing scientific reports so I stick to good old ‘Times’. I would love to have a go at making my own font! ^-^

  174. Jules Madden says:

    Cool, I LOVE hand drawn fonts, what a great idea for a book 🙂 Would love to win it!

  175. katie says:

    Anything Jessica Hische creates is pretty darn amazing. Like this piece:


  176. Helena says:

    Amazing giveaway! Count me in 🙂

  177. Charles Haynes says:

    Favorite font? Probabably Lucida Sans Unicode. Technically I love it because it contains a large subset of Unicode, which used to be rare. Visually I love it because it owes a lot to Optima, one of the most beautiful fonts ever designed.

  178. One of my hand-drawn fonts is Green Piloww. Thanks!

  179. Of course, Helvetica Neue Light is also a favourite!

  180. Jen says:

    Amazing giveaway! Thank you! My favourite font today would be chardin doihle, but it changes all the time! x

  181. Nicole says:

    I’m a Futura kind of gal 🙂

  182. My favorite font is Danube.

  183. Janie Sarason says:

    Avenir is my favorite of the moment. Thanks for doing the give away and good luck to everyone!

  184. rachel says:

    thank you for the giveaway!

  185. franky says:

    Modren no.20 thank u

  186. Veronica says:

    My favourite font is Gotham, without a doubt. It is classy clean and I love partnering it up with illustrations. Thanks for the giveaway!

  187. Sally says:

    Maiden Orange. It’s bold and fun! <3

  188. LisaT says:

    What a fun book! I’ve always loved Futura as it looks great narrow or wide.

  189. Heather says:

    I’m a sucker for the Rosewood font, always have been. I think it would be so fun to draw a font in my handwriting or maybe something circusy and whimsical. The possiblities are exciting!

  190. Marc says:

    Always loved FUTURA. The roundness of the ‘O’s , the sharp pointy edges of FUTURA MEDIUM/BOOK- ‘A’s & ‘M’s.

    Really edgy, modern, bold and ahead of its time when it was created. Most importantly, it was based on geometric shapes which is really neat!

  191. Jena says:

    I’ve always been a fan of Univers and of course, good old Helvetica. Would love to win a book!

  192. terina says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I hope I am not too late. I LOVE your website! Your illustrations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  193. Sam says:

    I like the fonts that look like graffiti! Basically anything that has curves and bright colours! That book sounds amazing! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂 xoxo

  194. Silvia says:

    Yay! I want this book!

  195. Anita says:

    I am always loving different fonts, but my favorite at the moment is Emily Lane! This book looks fab!

  196. Stacey says:

    Oohhh, that book!!! I want it so bad, haha.
    There are so many fonts, it’s impossible choose one ultimate favorite, but I’m currently quite enamored of Ribbon by Dan Gneiding.

  197. Ashley says:

    My favorite fonts are the ones my students create. My 5th graders do a project I call Invented Letting, where the kids have to draw the letters of their name in a made up lettering style. I love drawing letters myself and show them my work plus over a hundred letter artworks throughout the project. And bonus… the project helps me learn their names faster since they rotate in and out of my class every 9 weeks. Instagram: HeggyArt

  198. Yan says:

    i love to use mixed font in a line/sentence. Just like the work of Dave mckean and John hendrix;

    john hendrix;

    dave mckean;

    i think that mixed font in a line will make it look more surreal, especially if its hand drawn. John hendrix is an excellent artist in devouring this kind of approach.

    im not good(really worst) in computer/software drawing. so I cant call my favourite font type/name, because it is based on my observations. But i just love the concept of mixed font.

    for me, font in art, is a geometry or pattern that carries information, directly. How we fashioned it, is what makes the work different to other.

    and i really need this book!

    because it describe/explain the nature of the font and how it work to each other. it’s like the ‘science’ of font.

  199. Ruth says:

    Don’t you just love that fonts bring out such fierce emotion? I love the personal associations we all have with different fonts. Can’t name a favorite though…because they each have a place. I collect fonts and absolutely LOVE the cleverly crafted ones with a handwritten look. This book looks great to learn how.

  200. CHEAH HUI TING says:

    Well, I got to know Helvetica recently and its useful especially during slide presentations. Besides, it matches nicely with other fonts as well. So, currently it is my favourite. I am currently developing my Chinese calligraphy fonts and I thinks it would be nice if I were to have this book for guidance and inspiration. 🙂

  201. esjepin says:

    Ooh, I wish I could win one…

  202. Kim says:

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite font–I love sooo many. I really like copperplate–especially when it’s done by plurabelle calligraphy. But I also really enjoy the clean lines of helvetica.. 😀

  203. Jennifer says:

    Wow! So many comments already! I’m gonna try anyway because I would live to have this book.

    Over the years I’ve had so many favorite fonts. They just come and go but today it must be Travelling Typewriter. A slightly rougher version of the old typewriter font. But then again, tomorrow it might be a different one 🙂 I’d love to have a go at drawing my own fonts so PICK ME! 😉

  204. Priscilla says:

    I’m gonna try my luck in this one! What’s more, this exceptional book is something to behold. It taps into the subconcious 🙂 Favourite font is probably Lucida. I like cursive handwriting.

  205. What an amazing giveaway! 🙂

    My current favourite font is called HandDrawnShapes and is available at fonts(dot)net.
    My classic love font is Cambria.


  206. Katie says:

    This looks like a perfect pretty little book, and exactly what I need! x

  207. Viktoria says:

    need to draw more, need to learn more, I need that book!

  208. Qloe says:

    I’d absolutely love to win this giveaway! So, pick me! Pick me! 😀

  209. ellen says:

    ✍ with the letters of my life
    everywhere, even in the ✈
    in my art

  210. allison says:

    Apocatastasis font by Dave McKean

  211. Christine H says:

    My favorite font is Brandon Grotesque—it’s just the right combination of serious and sleek without being generic/boring. (Then I like mixing it up with hand-drawn type!) 🙂

  212. Only ONE favourite? Too hard.

    Helvetica, Lullaby, Bebas Neue, and Didot. 🙂

  213. abhi says:

    I hope you’ll save one copy for me, cos I really like BODONI
    and if that doesn’t do the trick, I also like TRADE GOTHIC.
    Thank you 🙂

  214. Aurora says:

    I really like Phaeton! 🙂 Have a nice day!

  215. anna says:

    I find myself using Orator a lot these days, although I’m a sucker for anything typewriter themed!

  216. Fabiana B. says:

    Too hard to pick just one favorite font. I like a lot cursive and hand drawn fonts. And also big bold impressive ones. One of my fave is Circus font. 🙂

  217. I’m totally in love with fonts, it’s one of those things I can pore over for hours… sad I know! Learning how to construct my own would be fantastic! 🙂

  218. Nadine says:

    thank you for the chance! (:

    there are too many fonts to choose to be a favourite. but I really love typewritten fonts ^^

  219. Joanne says:

    D’nealian Cursive! Ironically the font they use in schools for teaching cursive handwriting! It’s the one I use the most. Would love to have this book to learn how to finally do my own!

  220. Renata says:

    I just love Hoefler. Those ligatures and the Swash version make me sigh.

  221. Ingrid says:

    I really like Ultramagnetic. I’ve been using it for a while for some projects and I feel it has just the strength I need for things.

  222. Julia levis says:

    I love futura and my hand rendered typography in watercolors 🙂

  223. Mareike says:

    My favorite font this spring is Kabel. I think i have to try to draw it …

  224. I luv comic sans. Kekeke.

  225. kelly dean says:

    my favourite font is maybe maybe not on dafont

  226. Jessica says:

    I tend to favor Futura a lot. Somehow, I always come back to that use on the reg so I guess it’s my favorite without me even realizing it!

  227. Eline says:

    I really like Mossy. It’s quite skinny, but I like the thin lines. 🙂 I usually use it on photos for my blog and in my blog banner. I would love to draw my own font, I love hand lettering text in my notebooks, but I can use a lot more practise before I can ever really make one (or two ;)).

  228. Thanks for the opportunity! I’d love to win this book!

    And thanks Pikaland… for being you!

  229. Alicia B says:

    I really like BodegaSans, Bauhaus, Bender and BerlinSans!
    But I like lots of fonts, it’s hard to choose one!

  230. Thanks for the giveaway! This is wonderful!

    I’ll give a shout out to some faves! It’s too hard to mention just one!
    Gotham and Archer are my classic go-tos (and they look great paired together). Radio is my favorite script of all time. Buttermilk comes into a close second. And any typeface from Lost Type 🙂

    Thanks again!

  231. Barb C says:

    Neutraface is so crisp & clean and a favorite these days. It has a beautiful modern italic as well. id love to hand draw my own font & would love to win this giveaway. 🙂

  232. Christina C says:

    I’m a hoarder of fonts and handrawn styles are my recent obsession. Thankfully I get to experiment with fun typefaces while designing packaging for children’s stationery items, lucky me! I would love to improve my own skills at creating fronts, this books sounds lovely!

    Current Favorite Font: Pupcat by Typodermic Fonts.

    P.S. Love reading everyone’s favorite, will definitely be looking up these for further hoarding. 🙂

  233. One I like is Anke Calligraphy.

  234. Michelle says:

    I have to say Helvetica Neue… I always look for other clean and classy fonts to replace it but always come back to it.

  235. Chloe Cook says:

    I think this book might be just what I need as I’m learning to freelance and people are asking for my lettering a lot, but I feel that it’s not polished enough yet!

    Good luck to everyone =^.^= meow!!

  236. Ilaria says:

    I really love Helvetica Ultra Light. 🙂

  237. Ruzana says:

    I’m loving all those hand-written fonts like Mishka, salamander, carolyna. Perfect for somebody who doesn’t know how to write calligraphy.

  238. Jennifer says:

    Lately I’ve been really into the retro 50’s fonts like Mishka (a lovely YouWorkForThem font) and have been hand-drawing alphabets for my Silhouette America-licensed designs, but can definitely stand to learn more about it!

  239. Martina says:

    On the pc I like Comic Sans cause it seems a happy font…..in my illustrations I try writing a mixture of capitol and lower letters in the word, which makes them interesting…but I am never really happy with it…..I definitely need ideas and help on it…so I am in need and should win the book ;o))
    Love your work!

    Greetings from Germany

  240. Rose says:

    I hand draw my own fonts most of the time for my artwork, but my favorite font would be the Hand Writing Mutlu type, it’s got a lovely happy vibe! Also Chalkdust is lovely too, reminds me of my childhood. Anything that looks hand drawn I seem to go for!
    This book looks amazing, its my birthday on the Tuesday that this ends so it would be a great present if I do win!

  241. Sira Venera says:

    I love handwritten fonts and Futura. This book looks fun!
    Sitting in India and hoping i have a chance to win 🙂

  242. Rebecca says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! My favourite font at the moment is feel script – I’m designing some wedding invitations for a friend, and it is the perfect script font.

  243. Koosje says:

    I found myself a font when I was working on a project. I needed a neat handwriting, suitable for a kid. So I made a handwritten font up for it. The project has been finished over a year ago, but I still use the font! You can see it here: http://koosjekoene.blogspot.nl/2012/01/sketchbook-project-real-thing-5.html

    And here’s a bribe: if I win one of the awesome books, I will send you a thank you note, written in that exact hand lettering!

  244. Stephy says:

    Oh, wow, this is something I’ve been wanting to work on–thanks for the opportunity!

  245. ChrisRyan says:

    Clarendon, hands down. So sophisticated, but wildly versatile!

  246. Veronica says:

    Happy Thursday!

    That is a really hard question to answer. I do both print and web work and find myself using two fonts a lot!

    Print: Archer
    Web: Arvo (Font Squirrel)

    I’m in love with slab serifs right now and find ANY opportunity to use them 😀

  247. Jenny Stevenson says:

    This is the book I’ve been waiting for but didn’t know existed! Would love a copy 😉

  248. chelsie says:

    I find myself returning to Calibri and Century Gothic for simple text. Other fonts excite me when they fit a project really well. Thanks!

  249. Sunny Sajof says:

    I am really bad at choosing any favourite thing! But right now my favourite font is the one used on the cover of the poppytalk Spring 2013 lookbook! I am a huge fan of the handwritting of one of my classmates too! She is a natural!

  250. Brenda says:

    My new favorite is “Nelma” from The Lost Type Co-op! This book looks amazing!

  251. Hanna says:

    my favorite font is megrim. it has triangles as some characters and triangles are cool

  252. Lilia says:

    I love Century Gothic…it’s so clean and round!

  253. Kirsty says:

    Ow, wow – that’s such a hard question! I recently discovered Great Lakes Lettering and their small but beautiful stable of fonts, so – for today (ha!) – am going to say Frosted and Saint Agnes are my favourites. Tomorrow, who knows?

    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  254. Nina says:

    What a lovely giveaway, I would love to win this book! And if I don’t win I’ll just have to buy it myself 😉
    My favorite font I think is Wilma. It’s so simple but beautiful.

  255. Antonia says:

    I love handwritten-type fonts. This book looks awesome

  256. KJ says:

    My current go-to font is probably Veneer by Yellow Design Studio, which pairs nicely with Thirsty Rough (also by Yellow Design Studio). So I’ll say it is my favorite today….but there are way too many fonts I love to choose just one. It’s like choosing a favorite food!

  257. Molly says:

    I love love love hand lettering especially when it is illustrative. I would really like to so some more lettering in my own work, and this book could help me do that. Other then hand lettering, I have a soft spot for Futura Light right now.

  258. Sasha says:

    Typewriter, from my old typewriter…

  259. I used to spend hours as a child drawing fonts. I regularly checked huge book with hundreds of pages of fonts. They were typefaces, actually. I would love a guide to draw my own fonts. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite: http://www.fontriver.com/font/stitches/

  260. Great giveaway! I don’t’ have an absolute favorite, they change from time to time. Right now I’m loving Little Days and Swiss 721.

  261. Ellen says:

    Oh my gosh… so many comments… I just discovered Briem and loved it! Also Orator is a favourite.

  262. Wow Amy! What an awesome giveaway! I’m not sure I have a favourite font as I like so many but I use Cambria a lot. I, also, prefer hand-drawn illustrated fonts.


  263. This is a fantastic giveaway! What a wonderful book!

  264. Jack Yin says:

    My favourite font is Clarendon : )
    Love its quirkiness and forms but I find it hard to use.

  265. Boo Dillon says:

    Nanquim by Pintassilgo Prints – Love it! It would be incredible to win this book, fingers crossed!

  266. Kelly Luna says:

    Picking a favorite font is very difficult! But one I’ve been using regularly for a while now is Nobel. Clean, easy to read and plenty of weights for various design needs. Thank you for the chance to win!

  267. ladypajama says:

    I use Palatino for all the text in my zine. And I hand letter everything else.

  268. Michelle V says:

    I’m going through quite a little love affair with Neutra fonts lately! I love that it’s this perfect, clean combo of contemporary and vintage. 🙂

  269. Cecilia says:

    Love oh so many and oh so would love this book! Brain Flower fave of the moment 🙂

  270. emily says:

    I love hand lettering (even wrote a book about it) but I’m so bad at doing it myself. Would love this gem to do some of my own. My favorite font is Neutraface – I just can’t stop using it!!!

  271. Ledys says:

    I love Times. So classic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  272. Emma says:

    I must like Helvetica a lot. I use it on my own packaging. Frutiger, gill sans… my own hand writing. Depends on the day. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely looking book Amy.

  273. Erica says:

    I get BIG crushes on fonts… I especially like condensed but legible fonts. My current favourite is Hermes – I have to stop myself from using it too much!
    Here’s a link to my sweetie – I hope you like her strength and soft curves!

  274. Alexandre says:

    I love many fonts …what i like the most are the classic ones with a little twist in it …A great site which provides great free fonts : http://www.fontsquirrel.com/ !

  275. Oh my God, this is waaaay too hard to choose, but I´ll go with the one I love the most right now: It is called Amatic.

  276. Irene Dose says:

    I love tall, condensed fonts. I find them fascinating.
    Last year I fell in love with Blanch, Mensch and Muncie.
    Speaking about calligraphic, I like Cylburn.

    You can find them all here: http://www.losttype.com/browse/

  277. Kelly rex says:

    I have loved comic sans for years!!

  278. sue says:

    Trying to pick a favorite is difficult for me since my favorite depends on the project and my mood. I have to say that Deutsch Gothic always catches my eye since it conjures up the past, when books were so, so important and valuable.

  279. Alexandra P. says:

    I love the fonts Helen Dardik and Nate Williams draw in their artwork. (I’m a bit jealous about that …)
    And thanks for the chance!

  280. Alessia says:

    handwritten is the best!

  281. launie_m says:

    I LOVE Copperplate!!! To me it is one of those things that is elegant in its simplicity.

  282. Meghan C says:

    I’ve been continually drawn to Bebas for a while now. Striking & clean!

  283. My favorite is Futura. Probably due to all the Wes Anderson movies I used to watch :-D.

  284. Laura says:

    Great giveaway! I’ve always been tempted to create my own fonts!

    Picking just one favorite is impossible but I’m still in love with Archer so we’ll go with that.

  285. Laura Eades says:

    I love this vintage alphabet by Cathe Holden: http://pinterest.com/pin/364087951094990258/. The swirling leaves and huge blocky shadows really appeal to me. I’d really love to get my hands on a copy of this alphabet drawing book – though I’ve tried to imagine what the other letters of this alphabet would look like, I don’t know enough about letter dimensions to create my own yet. YET!

  286. Carol Lucas says:

    As much as I LOVE fancy and hand-drawn fonts, my go-to font is always Futura. It’s classic but modern, and sits well with other crazy fonts. Would love to be in with a chance to with this great book!

  287. Linda E Blois says:

    Carbon Type or Bleeding Cowboy for distressed or imperfect look for text or my modern haiaku.

  288. Divya says:

    I would love to own this book!
    My favourite font would be Suomi Hand Script. The flow of characters is no natural..like the Loop that binds ‘s’ and an ‘e’..its truly a well thought of font!

  289. Laura says:

    Currently, I’m crushing on Skeleton Key which I’ve used for my logo (with a modification to add capital letters because I seriously need capital letters!). It has this nice weight to the center of each letter and any intersections of the lines, but the edges gently taper off… it’s artistic but really legible. I’m in love!

    I’ve been wanting to create my own fonts as another outlet for my creativity!

  290. amy says:

    Alrighty! Comments are now closed – anyone whose timestamp is after mine will not be entered into the draw! 🙂

  291. Laura says:

    I love writing the alphabet too; I’ve been paying homage to those 26 letters and 10 numbers for fifty years. It’s a meditation of sorts. My fave is Broadway Engraved, as seen here; http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bitstream/broadway/engraved/

    I started lettering it when I was nine while I was at my father’s office in the Time Life building in NYC, where he was an art director. I’m an art director now, and it’s all because of my love for lettering!


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