New “Custom Lettering” in the works from top comics artist and designer Rian Hughes

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s - Cover

Coming soon from London-based Korero Press is a new book from top artist and designer Rian Hughes, Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s.

The new book is a celebration of the beautiful and stylistically diverse hand-drawn lettering that dominated book covers, magazines, posters and advertising in the inter-war period.

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s - spreads for the book by Rian Hughes

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s – spreads for the book by Rian Hughes

Elegant modernistic type experiments jostle for attention with playful expressive brush lettering, illustrated novelties, heavy geometric sans serifs, dramatic inlines, drop shadows and all manner of outré typographic extravagances.

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s - spreads for the book by Rian Hughes

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s – spreads for the book by Rian Hughes

Custom Lettering of the 20s & ‘30s - spreads for the book by Rian HughesWith over 6,000 images categorised by style for easy reference, this book is an invaluable typographic inspiration for the designer, typophile, vintage magpie and anyone with an interest in 20th century culture. Definitely, as the publishers say “a cornerstone of any type-lovers library”.

Writer Rian Hughes should need no introduction to downthetubes readers. He’s a graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, author, and typographer who has worked extensively for the British and American advertising, music and comic industries as both designer and illustrator.

The author or designer of more books than he can remember (including Dare with Grant Morrison), he is the designer of numerous CD and vinyl sleeves for obscure indie labels as well as mainstream acts, ranges for Swatch and logos for James Bond and Batman. Recent books include Cult-ure: Ideas can be Dangerous and Lifestyle Illustration of the ‘50s. His comic strips have been collected in Knockabout’s Yesterdays Tomorrows and his burlesque art in Soho Dives, Soho Divas.

His fonts are released via his own label, Device Fonts with more information on those via

The book includes a foreword by Zavier Leslie Cabarga, an illustrator, type and logo designer, and author of many published books including Progressive German Graphics, Dynamic Black and White Illustration, The Logo, Font & Lettering Bible and Learn FontLab Fast. As an illustrator, Zavier’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on the covers of magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, National Lampoon and Screw. From 1975 he offered hand lettering and logo design services under the nom de plume Handy Lettering Company and by 1993 he’d created the first of many successful computer fonts including Magneto Bold, Streamline, BadTyp and Casey Bold, all of which can be found at

Korero Press is a London-based publisher. At the heart of the company is a love of lowbrow and kustom kulture. Their list is mainly made up of pop culture, street art, erotica and horror titles and they’ve published books by such renowned contemporary artists as Ron English, Patrick J. Jones and Derek Yaniger.

• Custom Lettering of the ‘20s & ‘30 will be published by Korero Press in early 2017. Sign up to their mailing list to be notified when it’s out:

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