Do your kids know how to draw cool letters? I love exposing kids to design concepts. They’re aware of design, they like cool things, they are attracted to good design. Yet somehow, I think most kids probably don’t talk about design concepts all that much.
Maybe I’m wrong. When we’re all sleeping, perhaps our kids hop on he computer and all converge in a secret chatroom about Mid-Century modern furniture. Yes.
Anyway, I think one of the easiest ways to expose kids to design is through typography. They are already practicing their writing every day, and many of them will doodle their names all over the place, in various ways. They’re just dying to learn how to draw cool letters, right?
I used to be quite a fan of bubble letters back in the day, but Fen is much more sophisticated than I and prefers 3-D writing. In fact, here is her tutorial:
How To Draw Cool Letters
I remember my mom’s handwriting, and my mother-in-law’s looks very similar. I’m not sure what style of writing they learned, but I do know that I figured out as a kid that words are more fun to read if they look good.
I think it can be easy to give kids an appreciation for handwriting and typography. It leads to an appreciation for graphic design- do you remember our peanut butter label design project?
In my kid-typograhy research, I came across some awesome looking books I thought I’d share with you. The only one we have is the Klutz lettering book, and Fen adored it- which means now it’s buried, and I need to go dig it out from somewhere so she can rediscover it.
The Doodle Diary book goes a step further by giving a lot of playful prompts to combine writing with drawing in the form of a creative journal.
Are your kids into cool letter designs? Post some of their word art on my Facebook page if you get a chance…. and don’t forget to keep a few of these gems for when they’re older; they’ll love looking back at their creations.
P.S. Want to learn how to write your name in graffiti?