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Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer living in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating in 2007 with a BFA in Communication Design from The University of North Texas, Dana moved to New York City to design Broadway show posters at Spotco—a leader in arts and live entertainment branding.

In early 2010, she took a job working under Louise Fili at Louise Fili Ltd, specializing in the design of restaurants and food packaging. Currently, Dana works full time as a custom chalk letterer and has been commissioned by clients such as West Elm, Rugby Ralph Lauren, Google, The Ace Hotel, Adidas, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Lululemon Athletica, and Garden & Gun Magazine.

Most recently, Tanamachi had the honor of creating O Magazine‘s first entirely hand-lettered cover for their February 2012 issue. We hope you will enjoy hey beautiful typography skills!

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  1. Absolutely beautiful work.

  2. this is awesome, love it! love it!

  3. I’m blown away. This stuff is amazing!

  4. I’ve spotted Dana’s work all over Pinterest! I hope pinners continue to give her credit on her work! I’d love to know how she does it! Maybe there is a youtube video out there of her doing one?!

  5. There are designers, and then there are DESIGNERS. Truly good work. I would love those on my wall as pictures. Stunning.

    I did try to do 3 chalk posters promoting Blackpools nightime economy here in the uk about 6 years ago and ended up with chalk all over my face and clothes. I gave up and did them on the computer instead.

    If anybody wants to see them I’ll email them.

  6. Wow, this is amazing, I’d get so frustrated with a piece of chalk after 5 minutes! Must be done using a chalk pen, the letting and 3D elements are brilliant, love her style and the applications. Would love to see more!

  7. Wauw that looks great! So amazing how you can make different atmospheres with these types of letters. Nice to use for a eventpresentation or photostyling.

  8. As a hand-letterer myself, it’s great to see the younger generation taking a classical approach to design and typography. I’ve worked with so many designers who are adept at pushing buttons but have little or no background in creating designs by-hand. Fantastic work – you are an inspiration.

  9. I am impressed. Very beautiful letters, writing…

  10. Wow, just wow! Like someone else said, there are designers, then there are DESIGNERS! These are amazing!

  11. Wow! Beautiful! Inspirational!

  12. I have always admired people who work in this medium as they get such stunning effects with so little to work with but this tops the lot. Well done!

  13. Awesome – very nice graphic – her artwork so cool.

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