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Inspiration: Misconceptions by Jess Wong

One of my favourite creative booklets to date is a hand lettered book by graphic designer Jess Wong. I cant’t remember how I came across her work — it was a while ago and I saved the website into a folder — but it is a constant reminder to me that a simple idea can take off into a unique spin. “Misconceptions” tells the story of motherhood in an interesting light. Most of the time you hear happy stories of people and their babies bonding with one another. You see photos on Facebook of the good times and people getting broody themselves looking at images of the new baby. However, no one ever really talks about the difficulties behind closed doors. Between the night feeds and the nappy changes, it can sometimes all get a bit too much. I’ve not yet experienced motherhood myself, but after babysitting my cousin’s baby for four hours and needing a lie down when I went home, I can only imagine the stress they feel in the first few months. “Misconceptions” starts off with lovely handwritten type before gradually getting larger and more out of control as the woman’s feelings get more intense. Before long, the page…

Hand lettering: Emily McDowell

After much deliberating I have finally decided to publish my first blog post. I thought I’d start by sharing something I’ve always been drawn to but can never quite master properly myself: hand lettering. Growing up I would doodle and create my own lettering on endless numbers of pages, writing anything from my own name to just a random thought that came into my head. Unfortunately, I seemed to fall away from this as the years went on as school and work would get in the way, leaving me less time to practise. I hope to develop my hand lettering skills in the future as I feel it is a beautiful way of personalising type. One hand letterer in particular who always catches my attention is Emily McDowell. Emily creates beautifully hand-lettered cards, prints and products displaying humorous or truthful thoughts almost everyone can identify with. After quitting her job, she began selling prints on Etsy before creating her own card line in 2013. I admire the bravery it must have required in order to take that plunge and find it incredible that a few ideas can transform into a business if people can identify with the work. The Emily McDowell range not only interests me…