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Hand-crafted lettering that tells your story—inspired by vintage typography, balanced with crisp illustration | Chalkboard murals and signs for retail, restaurants, and corporate environments | Dayton, OH

WHAT I DO

Hand-crafted lettering that tells your story—inspired by vintage typography, balanced with crisp illustration

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+ What types of creative services do you offer?

Currently available for:

  • Large-scale chalk murals/boards for retail, restaurant and corporate environments
  • Collaborations with local community organizations to support your mission

Launching Fall 2017: limited edition fine art prints, cards and gifts in the shop!

+ Can you walk me through your process?

Each project begins with a conversation: after listening to how you talk about your business and what you want people to feel when they step into your space, then I translate this into a striking typographic installation that visually tells your story.

First thing is to contact me and share as much information about your ideas as possible - deadline, size, style, text, and materials. Every project is different, and we'll chat back and forth - over email, phone, or if you're local, coffee - until the vision is clear.

Then, I'll send you a proposal laying out the project timeline, pricing, and description. A 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your order. After that, I'll take to my sketchbook. Typically, the journey from our first chat to project completion is about 4-5 weeks.

+ How does pricing work?

Every order is custom, so for an accurate quote please contact me directly. Pricing depends on a few factors: size of the project, amount of text, complexity of the design.

Generally, large-scale lettering directly on the wall begins at $500, and typically requires about 10-15 hours on-site for installation. Note that framing of individual chalkboards will be sourced from local Dayton makers for an additional fee.

Please contact me to chat about your project and request an estimate.

+ Are you available to teach workshops on hand-lettering, calligraphy, etc?

Well I'm honored you asked! But I'll have to refer to you to a few friends and regional experts, such as Igloo Letterpress and Loveleigh Loops.

+ Is that just regular chalk? Doesn't it smudge?

I've done quite a bit of experimenting, and regular old-school white chalk can't be beat for brightness, sharpness of line, and ability to create all sorts of different textures on the board.

If your signage won't be touched - i.e., it's high up on the wall - or needs to be updated regularly, traditional chalk is durable and beautiful. The murals I created at Third Perk and Sherwood Florist were done this way.

For chalk-style lettering that must be completely smudge-free, I also work with waxy "china markers" and oil pastels, which still allow me to build up shadows and dimensional effects.

Type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters.
— Matthew Carter, typeface designer