5 Rising hand-letterers you should follow in 2016

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There are a ton of articles out there that talk about the top lettering artists to follow on Instagram. The artists and designers that have over 50,000 followers, that are in the limelight of in the industry.

But what about the rising stars?

This article pays tribute to the new kids on the block that are just now starting to get popular with less than 10,000 followers.

These five artists are beginning to make a real name for themselves and are here to inspire your feed with beautiful letters, words of encouragement and a warm dose of approachable authenticity.

Sidenote: Once you finish, read how 4 freelancers built recurring revenue models that changed their business. You'll love it.

1. Dina Rodriguez

A full-time hand lettering artist out of Portland, OR that specializes in branding, advertising and creating custom posters for people to give as gifts. She also travels around the United States teaching hand lettering workshops and live streams her process 3 to 5 times a week on Twitch.

(We admit, we’re a little biased—Dina designed the new Millo logo. You can learn all about her process here.)

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Dina has a range of styles but likes to stick to a vintage textured feel in most her illustration work. Although she does a little bit of everything; blackletter, script, san serif – all her work still looks consistent, vibrant and unique.

Just got done streaming this new commission lettering piece! Not too bad for a first draft. Be sure to follow me on Twitch to see how it turns out.

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2. Leo Gomez

He is a designer and hand lettering artist in St. Petersburg, Florida that specializes in custom hand lettering, logo design and brand identity for passionate design-driven brands and creative businesses.

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Leo has a very clean style and mostly creates script and mono-weight lettering. His attention to detail is flawless, and he creates beautiful letter connections within his work that makes his portfolio so ornate and attractive.

Time for a little cafecito break. ☕️👌🏽 Still shot from last video post. 😉 #lettering

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3. Andrea Campos

Andrea also known as type_stuff is a hand lettering artist, self-proclaimed type nerd and Art Director in Miami, FL. She’s a firm believer in teaching everything she knows with three classes on Skillshare and a new brush lettering guidebook and kit on Etsy.

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Andrea has an extensive range of styles but by far brush lettering is her absolute favorite. She always pushes herself to learn new letterforms while retaining that same playful and fun loving feel to all of her work.

✨ #ManaWynwood #typography #lettering #handlettering #mural

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But really… #typography #type #lettering #handlettering #goodtype #sleeping #sketch #practice #tipografia

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4. Joshua Harris

He is a talented signwriter in North London, near Holloway where he specializes in custom typography and illustration. But by day, he is an established Art Director at a company called Northfour, a magazine for Inner North London with a focus on culture and lifestyle.

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Josh uses a broad range of materials for his designs that include chalkboard pens, markers, paint and sometimes clay. With a very masculine yet simple design style, Josh creates handcrafted signs just like how traditional sign painters use to back in the early 20th century.

5. Will Pay

Working as a freelance lettering artist and designer, he helps create custom artwork for companies and brands. He also has a job working as a package designer for REI Coop where he creates a new sub-brand and graphic systems for packaging.

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Will creates all kinds of work including chalkboard lettering for restaurants, logos for startups, office murals for tech companies, apparel design for clothing brands, and a ton more. He is exceptionally talented with a brush pen and loves to post various process shots of his work online.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” -CS

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Drinking and drawing are two things I’m good at. Specifically when I’m doing both at the same time.

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Follow these amazing artists

These artists are just a taste of the incredible talent to come into the lettering industry with much more on the rise. Hand lettering once consisted of just a handful of talent has now exploded into a niche filled with competition.

We need to find and support the new talent coming into the world just as much as the veterans so we can keep the industry on its toes with fresh ideas and people.

With that said, who are some of your favorite lettering artists to follow on Instagram? Tell us in the comments.

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  1. http://lauraworthingtontype.com/
    lwfonts on instagram.

    Best of the best! 🙂

  2. I know her from high school and she’s been posting great stuff lately! 🙂 https://www.instagram.com/daily.design/