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The ABC of Custom Lettering


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About the Author

Ivan Castro is a graphic designer based in Barcelona, Spain, who specializes in calligraphy, lettering, and typography. His work involves everything from advertising to editorial, and from packaging to logo design and gig posters. Although Ivan claims to have no specific style, one could say that he has a strong respect for the history of popular culture. He has been working in the field for 20 years and has been teaching calligraphy and lettering for 15 years in the main design schools in Barcelona. He frequently travels, holding workshops and giving lectures at design festivals and conferences. He is also the author of the book Lettering to the Max.

Foreword by Ken Barber
Award-winning Ken Barber is the principal letterer and typeface design director for the renowned type foundry House Industries in Yorklyn, Delaware, USA. He is a partner of Photo-Lettering, Inc., and regularly conducts lettering workshops around the world.


"If you are interested in calligraphy or lettering, this is the very first book I would recommend." --How Joyful

"An authoritative resource for designers, typographers, signwriters, illustrators, pinstripers, and other creative professionals looking to add a touch of typographic pizzazz to their work." --Solid Smack

"I don't want to seem hyperbolic, but The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro has changed my life." --Olive & Reid

"In this book, Ivan constantly appeals to his readers. He encourages them to challenge themselves and invites them to practice a lot. And, more importantly, gives them the keys to learn and enjoy." --Larousse

"Lettering to the max contains valuable information about typography, graphic design, drawing techniques -- even music, rock'n'roll and tattoos." --Yorokobu

"The best thing about this book is not that the author is an exceptional designer; it's that he is an amazing teacher." --Font Commandant

"The perfect guide for teaching yourself how to create those cool hand-drawn scripts." --Wings Art

"Traditional instruction methods with a modern twist." --Grain Edit

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