Letter Better: Dimensional Lettering

  • General Assembly 1520 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dimensional type will reinforce the meaning of the word with an illustrative and human touch. It’s a unique skill to learn and possess, one that requires knowledge of both illustration and typography.

This is the first of the Letter Better series with a dimensional approach to lettering with Ana Gómez Bernaus. Techniques covered in Dimensional Lettering are:

  • Ribbons (pen tool, blend)
  • Floating Letters (envelope distort)
  • Lace Characters (pen tool, geometric line shapes, blend)

Read what techniques are covered in the Next Dimension.

Typography Skill Level


Software Proficiency





Lettering is not calligraphy, but rather illustrated type. Good thing, because this elective is not about perfection, it’s about communication. Once you add concept and texture to letterforms, it adds a level of meaning to your work.

In this clinic, you will incorporate typographic fundamentals with visual concepts to create illustrative meaning of words. Such type treatments are perfect for book covers, motion titles, ad campaigns and more.

What You'll Learn

  • To design basic letterforms as a guide for the wordmark
  • How to illustrate dimension for maximum effect
  • About spacing and weight to create unity
  • Use playful techniques to add to the finished product


  • Bring a fully-charged mac laptop, mouse and tablet as needed
  • Have a version of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software installed


  • Intermediate Adobe Illustrator experience is necessary to perform session tasks.
  • Have taken Type 1 or have 3+ years of design/typography experience
  • Possess intermediate Illustrator and Photoshop skills


Ana Gómez Bernaus’ specialty is a mix of illustration and typography, making lettering her favorite discipline. Her lettering and title treatment work with Imaginary Forces, Nike, BigStar NY, Trinchero Wines, Psyop, Converse, and others have earned her much recognition including the TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence.

Cancellation & Rescheduling

If you can’t make it, email us at least 24 hours in advance to move your registration to another class date of your choice. Full refunds will be honored only if a cancellation is requested seven (7) days or more prior to the originally scheduled event.