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Chalk Lettering by Dana Tanamachi

November 11, 2011

I came across Dana Tanamachi‘s work via a project she did for Garden & Gun magazine. Dana works for Louise Fili Ltd. in New York, which also produced another fantastic letter/designer that I’ve written about, Jessica Hische.

On the side, Dana specializes in creating beautiful illustrative lettering out of chalk. She doesn’t use stencils or project an image on a wall, it’s just from referring to a small piece of paper with her design on it.


The Garden & Gun piece:

The making-of video:


She recently did windows for Rugby Ralph Lauren for their Tweed Run:



You can view the rest of her time-lapse videos on her Vimeo channel

5 Comments
  1. November 11, 2011 4:53 am

    I love this style of typography!

  2. November 11, 2011 10:44 am

    I dunno how to say… it is fantastic….yet brilliant. She has a great sense with type…really want to see one of it for close.:-)

  3. November 11, 2011 8:46 pm

    Incredible. Looks like it would be a challenge in Photoshop. To think she does it all by hand… wowzer.

    • November 11, 2011 8:50 pm

      I would assume she does a hand sketch, refines it in Illustrator with fonts and custom letters, and prints that as a reference. Some of those letters look like fonts but I can’t remember the names.

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