How To Be a Rule-Breaking Letterer: A Guide to Making Perfectly Imperfect Art

Chronicle. May 2023. 168p. ISBN 9781797215532. pap. $19.95. CRAFTS
lettering and illustration artist Dinh’s heartfelt dedication, revealing her own imperfections, this book announces itself as a celebration of all things beyond the margins of the page—and it delivers. It is a book for readers who have started and stopped a bullet journal after too many imperfect pages, uneven letters, off-center designs, or less-than-Pinterest-worthy drawings. It is a permission slip to learn rules in order to break them and to tell stories as unique as each person’s pen stroke. The author shares clear instructions for simple and highly creative DIY projects in an open, self-aware fashion that encourages readers to take creative risks.
VERDICT This upbeat book provides clear guidance about the shape of letters, the layout of a page, and much more. It cleverly shows readers how to transform letters that fit their personalities and styles while embracing progress, not perfection.
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