Making progress lettering on a crate for hand-eye supply. (Taken with Instagram)
robynleavenssketchblog asked: Hi Mary Kate, Your work is beautiful! Just a few questions about your blog: What blog theme did you use - did you change it a lot? Did you design your website? How did you make it look the same as your blog? Thanks!
Thanks! I use the Minimalist theme from tumblr. I like the bare bones look, which makes it easier to customize the css. I made the layout wider because I wanted my images bigger than 500px and used custom css to match the header on my blog. Takes a bit of time to get used to css but once you start it’s actually pretty fun. I use kennedy theme on cargo collective for my website and adjusted the css to fit how I wanted it to look.
Come down to Magnetic North on August 24th for our next big event! This time we’re inviting Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press to show her work, and talk about her recent cross country tour in her bread truck turned mobile print shop. She’ll be pulling the truck into our parking lot and giving tours and letterpress demos. Please come if you can make it, and spread the word!
twozee asked: hi! i love your work! what kind of scanner and printer do you use? thanks!
Thanks! I use a CanoScan LiDE 600F, I’ve had it for several years now and haven’t had any complaints. My printer is an Epson Stylus Pro 3880, this is a pretty recent addition to the studio and prints beautifully.
lumatwist asked: did you study typography specifically in class, or did your knowledge develop more "intuitively" over time. any good type "style books" you like?
I didn’t. Nearly everything I learned about lettering happened outside of school. Most of my reference is from vintage type. I like using antique advertising tin catalogs, the photos are not great but they are filled to the brim with vintage type inspiration. This is a good one because it’s full color. http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Advertising-Tins-Vol-Identification/dp/157432070X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342549625&sr=8-1&keywords=advertising+tins
Anonymous asked: Hey There, do you make a hand illustration and then trace it with illustrator?
Yes! I noodled with the custom settings to get it just right. The default settings are no good.
scenicoverpass asked: dear mary kate mcdevitt, i've seen your random bits of your work lots of places but had never been to your site or known who you are until now. but i looooove it and i'm so happy to finally know it was you! i hope to see more of your work and i hope you keep making more and i hope you have the best day/week/month ever. sincerely.
Thank you very much!
Anonymous asked: Hello Mary! I am impressed by your work very much:) For some time I am very into calligraphy,and lately have started to try out hand lettering and I enjoy it very much.I wanted to ask why you have chosen hand lettering instead of lettering (typography with PC). In your opinion why people (here I mean those who make custom orders) would choose hand lettering instead of lettering with PC? What is tendency in US (I am from EU) -do people appreciate hand lettering?Thanks for your answer in advance!
Thanks so much! I got into hand lettering from doing illustration and I was hand painting everything, soI like the way I can put my style and my hand into the lettering, it just feels more natural to me. I think some people like hand lettering as opposed to lettering made with a PC because they like the handmade look. But there are people who would prefer slicker type too, I guess it depends on your own style and preference.