The Battle between Lettering and Calligraphy

Inspiration December 11, 2012

Typography techniques are improved by constant practicing and when given the challenge of competition. This idea inspired the new website called “Lettering vs. Calligraphy” which features two amazing Berlin based designers in a unique challenge celebrating the creative process of hand drawn lettering and  penned calligraphy.


Lettering vs. Calligraphy


The type designers involved are Martina Flor and Giuseppe Salerno who are both exceptionally talented and have been in the industry for more than a decade. The duo create a design each day based on a keyword provided by a moderator. Then they post their work online and let the viewers vote for their favorite. The two go head to head each day – the unique hand drawn lettering of Martina Flor versus the exquisitely penned calligraphy of Giuseppe Salermo. The adventure aims to explore and showcase the capabilities of the two technical approaches in type design. Below are some of the latest designs featured on their website (left – lettering, right – calligraphy):



Distinguished “U”


"V" for Vendetta

“V” for Vendetta


Bizarre "J"

Bizarre “J”


Swashy "T"

Swashy “T”


Dynamic "N"

Dynamic “N”


Happy " B"

Happy “B”


Simple "Z"

Simple “Z”


Art Nouveau "9"

Art Nouveau “9″


Sophisticated "3"

Sophisticated “3″


Time To Fight postcards

“Time To Fight” postcards


Which of the type designs is your most favorite? Vote for them on their official website. This amazing project is not just a design challenge but an opportunity to discover the various styles and possibilities in type design in both lettering and calligraphy. Moreover, the series will be a huge source of inspiration for typography addicts out there as the battle continues.

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Kerby is an online marketer who has a keen eye in print design and creative artworks. When not at work, he spends most of his time in completing his sketchbooks with doodles and illustrations from anything that inspires him to draw. He is an avid fan of Japanese Anime, manga and some comic book characters. Check out his illustration blog and portfolio for more info.

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