DIY Type


I was a bit hasty in choosing to review “DIY Type” and failed to recognize its actual contents. As a graphic designer, I am always eager to find ideas for using type in my projects and fully expected this book to be helpful in that respect. Actually, “DIY Type” is probably more appropriate for the home crafter who could use a bit of help. It is exactly what the cover specifies – a book of typographic stencils for decorating, crafting, and gifting. The book itself is attractive. Its contents consist primarily of sheets of basic letter stencils that will need to be removed from the book to be used. There are some photos and hints on how to use the stencils for various projects, most of which would appeal to those with children. Be aware that this book does not contain detailed instructions but is a tool to get its user started and to inspire their own creativity.

This book was provided for review by the Blogging for Books program.


Dana Tanamachi, the Brooklyn-based typographer whose exquisite hand-lettered murals fueled a chalk-writing trend, offers a book of alphabet stencils for all-purpose craft projects.

Inspired by the contemporary aesthetic of rendering type by hand, celebrated designer Dana Tanamachi shares a full set of upper and lower case alphabet stencils to create wall compositions, monogram t-shirts and jackets, personalize journals and school supplies, embroider pillows, and host parties filled with customized cakes and banners. With beautiful photographs and simple tutorials, you’ll find endless ways to decorate with type and joy in discovering the happy imperfections unique to your own application.