Have you ever written a list on a flipchart only to discover that, despite best efforts, your writing makes a downward curve?
Here are my top tips for lettering:
- Write your title in advance where possible. Figure out how many letters you can fit across the page before you run out of space.
- When writing live, add a little mark to the opposite side of the page (where your sentence will end). Glance over at the mark from time to time – this acts as a guide to help keep your writing straight.
- Stick out your pinky! Use it to anchor your hand on the page. This works whether you are right or left-handed.
- Using a ruler, draw lines on your flipchart in pencil beforehand.
- Use a piece of flipchart paper with thick lines and place it behind the page you are working on. (This always reminds me of my Mum sitting down to write a letter to my aunt using Basildon Bond stationery.)
- On that note it’s also possible to buy flipchart paper that features lines or guides to help your writing.
Remember to use plain lettering with no serifs (small lines added to the stroke of a letter like this for example) and avoid fancy calligraphic strokes. They may look pretty but they are often inaccessible to your audience.
I hope you enjoyed these tips on lettering – if you have any of your own do let me know and I’ll share them in a future edition.
For more tips and hands on practice to boot why not join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics in Edinburgh on April 26th 2019? More information and booking here >>