Not to be confused with calligraphy or typography, lettering is known as the process of drawing your letters as opposed to writing them or editing existing fonts. It’s an art form that has become increasingly popular in the digital space, and it’s easy to see why. Through lettering, we can use both words and illustration to deliver a clear message—and when done successfully, make a powerful human connection with our audience.
It’s truly amazing how much you can get a sense of a person through the combination of words and images they put together. These twelve lettering artists have been making a big impression on Dribbble and we’re stoked to highlight their unique styles. Like what you see? Show them some support by giving them a follow!
Lori Johnston’s lettering work is hilariously relatable—have you seen her Shower Thoughts shot? A lot of the lettering work Lori shares reads like a stream of consciousness or a visual journal almost. Here are a few of our favorites:
We love freelance designer Esther’s quirky lettering work. She says most of her colored pieces are a mix between handmade and digital drawings. The Amsterdam based designer also takes her lettering game to the next level by hand-painting them on murals!
Who doesn’t love a good inspirational message? Olga Zakharova’s lettering work is full of them—and occasionally will include some fun phrases about things like bacon and beer. Olga’s lettering is usually accompanied by colorful, hand-drawn style illustrations. Check out all of her awesome work:
Jess Smith created a hilarious all-purpose greeting card and we’ve been hooked on her work ever since. This Bay area designer has a knack for letters and we love the edgy twist she subtly throws into her designs.
Flora de Carvalho
Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Flora de Carvalho is one-half of the design studio duo Estudio Passeio. Flora’s lettering seems to be heavily inspired by music. She’s been posting a ton of shots inspired by lyrics of her favorite songs!
What’s not to love about Lucy Llewellyn’s lettering? The UK-based designer constantly spreads good vibes and positive messages through her colorful and playful lettering.
Jessica Molina is a Dallas-based designer making art for the feminine and feisty single women out there. We love her style which mixes in sweet, sarcastic, and humorous messages.
Brooke Holland letters it all—from favorite TV shows, places, song lyrics, and more, the Los Angeles based designer gives us a true look into her world and we’re all about it!
Carmi Grau’s is fairly new to Dribbble but we’ve had our eye on her work ever since. Her illustrative bold lettering is often inspired by nature and we love how she uses symmetry in her illustrations to make words pop.
Jin Kim is a crazy talented lettering artist and designer living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her lettering work varies in style which makes for a nice diverse portfolio. Check out the free mobile and desktop wallpapers she offers on her site!
Danielle Grinberg is a designer at Vinepair, a platform delivering exclusive content on drinks. Needless to say, Danielle shares tons of fun lettering work centered around booze! We love the playfulness of her style and can’t wait to see what else she’s working on.
One look at Belinda Kou’s portfolio and we were hooked. Who doesn’t love naps, pizza, ramen, and everything else she letters about? The Chicago-based designer’s lettering style is ultra-dimensional and definitely worth checking out.
Want to follow more great lettering artists on Dribbble? We’ve got you covered—check out our lettering tag.