This book is great for artists and those who think they can't draw. It was straightforward to follow along, and it was simple to understand.
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As oje who dabbles in hand lettering, this was a great read. I loved Dinh's artistic style and approach to "rule breaking" when it comes to lettering. She has a great established palette. While I am still trying to find my own style with lettering, I appreciated the overall tone "to own your oelwn uniqueness." I liked that just from reading this book my artistic confidence grew!
OH ! This is so FUN! As an artist I wanted to check this book out. I am always looking to up my game and add other fun techniques into my art journaling.
I love to art journal. When I am not diving into a heavy sculpture, photographer or abstract art. I like to unwind in my journal. So when I saw this book I had to check it out. This was so much fun. So much better than the old lettering books from the 90’s! Where I found a lot of my stuff as a younger artist. This author/Artist is spot on with easy to follow instructions I feel for any level. The skills learned can be used anywhere. Also the additional support like a workbook and markers you can buy make it so much more then just a new read. You want to do the work. You can’t to try it out! I thought it was great. I bought it for my niece!
In short :
Did I like it ? Yes!
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. It’s FUN!
Would I read more by this author? For sure.
Fun & Informative!
This book is an exceptional resource for anyone interested in lettering, especially topographical lettering. Huyen Dinh takes you step-by-step through her unique style of lettering with easy to follow directions and plenty of examples. I love the way Dinh has balanced the page by leaving enough negative space that the user’s eye does not become overwhelmed or fatigued. Every detail of the process has been shared and I appreciate Dinh’s not holding back! This book would make an excellent gift for any artist or even those who would like to try lettering but don’t know where to get started. My thanks to #HuyenDinh, #ChronicleBooks, and #NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
this is so cool!!! it's amazing to see into the mind of an artist i have admired for a while and it is written in a very accessible and funny way. i'll be buying as a graduation present for an aspiring graphic designer
This book is great! Dinh lays out everything a beginner needs to start lettering. She sets the reader up for success and explains how to develop your own style by following well established typographic rules. She sums up traditional typography rules adapting them to hand lettering in way that ensures plenty of room for creativity while making those rules clear and understandable by anyone. If you want to learn how to hand letter, this is a fantastic book to start with!
This is such a fun book for anyone interested in taking their handwriting and lettering skills to a new level. The author makes it simple to get started and shares her own journey to becoming a lettering artist. Each chapter gives you more confidence and ideas and helps you understand that sometimes you might create "ugly sketches" and that is just part of the creative process. The book is full of illustrations and easy to use guides. If you love doodling and lettering this book is a great addition to your toolbox. Thank you to Net Galley and Chronicle Books for advanced copy.
Don't let the cutesy cover fool you! There is professional level information and advice in this adorable guide. I received an electronic ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I'm gonna need a print version for my creativity bookshelf. I suggest you get one, also.
How to Be a Rule-Breaking Letterer is an appealing and accessible tutorial guide for lettering and layout by Huyen Dinh. Due out 23rd May 2023 from Chronicle Books, it's 168 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.
This is such an appealing and well done book. The style is very pastel, informal, and come-as-you-are. The emphasis is on the creating and -not- striving for unrealistic perfection, but embracing the organic creative process and adapting. The aesthetic is cute and feminine as well as being dynamic.
The book is arranged logically and is easy to follow. An artist's statement and a little bit of her background and learning philosophy is followed by basic lettering and some of the artist's examples including stickers, merch, ad campaigns, and art "in the wild". There's a short chapter on the differences between lettering and calligraphy and the tools and supplies for both.
The following chapters do a good, basic job of explaining lettering, layout, kerning/spacing, analog and digital tools, intentional rule breaking, the creative process, and some cute tutorial projects. The vast majority of the book is drawn, there are very few photos (except in the abbreviated tutorials at the end). There are many inspirations for page layouts throughout, however, which will be useful for folks to bu-jo, journal layouts, habit-trackers, and others who need to create layouts for personal or commercial purposes.
Four stars. The entire book has the same pastel aesthetic, which is informal, breezy, and *cute*. It would make a good choice for public or school library acquisition, home library, or maker's spaces, and activity group studios.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
As we move to doing more and more of our communication digitally, design is becoming more important. "How to Be a Rule-Breaking Letterer" works as an introduction to typography through its approach to lettering. Although this isn't a book about handwriting, I can certainly see where it can be helpful for folks who weren't taught cursive or trained on penmanship.
This was a super cute book on lettering and how to come up with creative ideas. It is well written to be supportive but also detailed in how to succeed in this creative field.
Perfect introductory book on hand lettering for anyone who wants to do it their own way. Easy to read and understandable directions make this a fantastic book for beginners or anyone who wants to free their mind of the rules and let them hands and pens fly.
Some fun times of lettering, which I don’t do much of. (I was into calligraphy for a little while a few years ago.) Will definitely be practicing some of the techniques in the book.
The strength of this book is really in the humor in the writing, the approachability of the instructions and the personal narrative that ties the whole thing together.
The book is visually appealing right from the get go. I knew I wanted to pick it up as soon as I saw the cover. Huyen Dinh has a very conversational tone throughout and it really suits this book. I've read a lot of lettering, art journal, and paper art books, and what sets this one apart is the way she's got her personality worked into it.
I liked all the personal examples, you can tell they're not just generic phrases created for the book. They're real life examples of project's she's done and art pieces that she's created. She balances these with easy to understand technical instruction and an easy to understand list of supplies as well.
I love this book so much. The author uses her own work as examples of how to break the “rules” of lettering. This book is perfect for those who are starting lettering but don’t want to go through the tedious workshops or doing practice worksheets. Though helpful, (I’ve done many of them), there is so much terminology and tricks of the trade that can get lost. The author has provided a fantastic way of organizing common terms and visuals to become a better letterer in general. I appreciate the chapters that help train the eye to build confidence in myself as an artist.
Huyen Dinh gives you all the tools you need to break the rules, embrace imperfections, and express your unique self through lettering art! Everything you need to get started developing your own creative style for beginners.
Follow her easy technique to helps you take basic lettering to the next level. Plus, some fun projects to get you started.
I loved her adorable style and pastel colors that just make you happy. I can't wait to start my own ugly sketches with all I've learned in this book!
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.
This is a nice guide for how to be a letterer. The difference between calligraphy and lettering is detailed. The author also notes how you don't need to meet certain confines to be a good letterer and enjoy what you do. It's an inspirational read for young people.
How to Be a Rule-Breaking Letterer is a how-to book on breaking some of the traditional lettering rules to expand your creativity and lettering style. I would recommend this book to anyone that already has some knowledge with lettering as she doesn't go into much detail about how to accomplish those styles. She does skim over the basics. I really liked her ideas about how to break some of the rules. The book was very engaging and funny. She has a great personality that shines through her work and comes out with the messaging in the book. If you'd like to expand your lettering style and creativity, then this book is for you.
I loved this book. I connected with the fun, quirky visual style and inspiring message of being true to oneself. The book also has plenty of practical instructions on lettering.
Dinh, the author, explains how pursuing her own imperfect style of lettering allowed her to leave her good girl, rule following ways behind.
The book is chock full of color pictures showing a variety of the author’s lettering projects. It also includes how to pages to inspire the reader. More importantly. it encourages the reader to explore without fear or judgment.
This was a great little book that is under 200 pages. I think that it could have used a little more step by step instruction. But for the most part it would be a great for the beginner.