The digital revolution is over and the ancient practice of hand lettering is dead and buried, consigned to the dustbin of history. Or is it? In fact, the craft element of typography is not only very much alive but thriving and the release of innovative script fonts by top font houses is on the increase, driven by demand from designers. So if you're not on top of the history and current practice of hand lettering and script fonts, you should be.
A way to quickly get up to speed is provided by the recent Gestalten release of Hand to Type, which is devoted to "the beauty and art of creating handwritten letter forms." It not only features work by some of today’s most successful and original calligraphers and lettering artists, but interviews with top calligraphers and type designers and coverage of how to convert hand-made lettering into digital files. A few sample spreads are shown below.