While blogs, social media, and even daily life contain so many ideas to spark creativity, sometimes you just want to hold some inspiration in your own two hands. Here are some of the books we've found to be great tools in learning and experimenting with different lettering styles.
Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms
Drawing Type features real-world projects and sketchbooks of well-known type designers, including interviews about their processes. Alex Fowkes is an amazing designer, so it comes as no surprise that his book is very well done. Not to mention, HLCO team member Christopher Vinca is featured in this book, making it even more awesome.
Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
Louise Fili has been an inspiration for designers around the world since the 1980s when she raised the bar on book cover design. She is known for her lavish and elegant typography.
The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces
This is the book that I use the most because of my style. I get a lot of ideas from the many typefaces; I only wish it showed the entire alphabet of each.
Script and Cursive Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts
Another complete alphabet book by Dan Solo. He has several others as well that would be worth checking out.
Classic Typefaces: American Type and Type Designers
I picked up this book when traveling. It contains full alphabets, as well as the history behind them which is very interesting. It also has a nice glossary at the end if you are just beginning to learn terminology.
Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy
A solid, quality book. It contains a great history of typography and a lot of lovely samples to look through. Visually stunning and a great source of inspiration for designers and type enthusiasts.
The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking
I was first introduced to the Sketchnote DVD and it really helped me. Not only did I start remembering my notes better from drawing them out, it started a pattern of constantly laying out letters in my head that grew my typography skills quickly.