Welcome to my Hand-Lettering Composition and Design Class!

I can't wait for you to get started…

My name is Hayley Barry and I am so excited to teach you all about how to create compelling and effective hand-lettered compositions!
By the end of this class, you will be what I like to call a “self-reliant lettering artist” meaning that you will have all the tools and the knowledge to confidently go forward to create work that is unique, beautiful, meaningful, and well designed.

Whether you’re brand new to hand-lettering or excited to learn how to take your work to the next level this class is for you!

Over the course of the class, we will be covering topics like balance, hierarchy, layout, variety, consistency, negative space, flourishing, and more! I’ll even be sharing some of my best business practices that I use when creating compositions for clients as a freelance artist!

The course consists of step by step videos with clear, simple teaching that you can watch over and over again.

As part of the course, you will get a downloadable workbook that we will use throughout each of the lessons.

Other than the workbook, all you need is a pen or pencil and a ruler, no fancy expensive tools required!

And that’s not all!

When creating this class, it was super important to me that there be a level of accountability built into the lessons.

I wanted to be sure that you as a student were receiving the support and feedback that you need to become an awesome lettering artist, which is why at the end of each assignment there will be a place for you to upload your work!

At the end of each lesson, you’ll be able to submit your work and get positive, constructive feedback in the form of a video directly from me on how to get even better!

Check out some of my past student's work in my Instagram Stories.

I am so excited for you to join me in this lettering course! Let’s get busy creating some compositions!

What Past Students Say About The Course

“I loved How you really broke down the composition and talked about hierarchy, emphasis, balance, etc. It was really helpful and a lot of the things I don't think about much. I also really liked the breakdown of the structure types (like arches, straight angle) and practicing combining them.”


“The feedback after each module is SO important. I love getting feedback directly from Hayley, and the fact that I get that instant feedback not only keeps me accountable but helps me feel like I'm learning so much faster.”


“Hayley teaches with so much energy and enthusiasm! She was very clear and helped me as a beginner to feel confident about my composition skills.”


“Hayley is such a wonderful person! She builds confidence in those attending the class along with so much encouragement. I love how you left the door open for the ability to ask questions after the class was complete. I love Hayley's teaching style!”


“It was a class that was very well presented and so worth my time! I have practiced multiple times a day since the class and felt so much more confident in my lettering! I know what to look for and what makes hand-lettering such a beautiful art form!”


Here's What You'll Learn In This Course:

  • 1

    Welcome & Intro

    • Welcome to the Type Affiliated Composition & Design Course!

    • Quick Note About The Hand-Lettering Courses

    • Materials & Tools Needed For This Course

    • Download Your Course Workbook!

  • 2

    BONUS Lessons for Digital Hand-Lettering

    • BONUS! Hand-lettering In Procreate On The iPad

    • BONUS! Hand-Lettering in Adobe Illustrator

  • 3

    Vocabulary, Tools & The Composition Building Blocks

    • Lesson 1 - Vocab & The Basic Building Blocks

    • Lesson 1 - Upload Your Work!

  • 4

    Balance & Flow

    • Lesson 2 - Balance & Flow

    • Lesson 2 - Upload Your Work!

  • 5

    Hierarchy In Design

    • Lesson 3 - Hierarchy

    • Lesson 3 - Upload Your Work!

  • 6

    Variety & Consistency

    • Lesson 4 - Variety and Consistency

    • Lesson 4 - Upload Your Work!

  • 7

    Negative Space And How To Use It

    • Lesson 5 - Negative Space

    • Negative Space Example

    • Lesson 5 - Upload Your Work!

  • 8

    The 10 Commandments Of Flourishing

    • Lesson 6 - The 10 Commandments of Flourishes

    • Example Flourishes

    • Flourish Example Results

    • Lesson 6 - Upload Your Work!

  • 9

    Color Theory

    • Lesson 7 - Color Theory

    • Color Theory Results

    • Lesson 7 - Upload Your Work!

  • 10

    Finding Inspiration For Your Composition & Designs

    • Lesson 8 - Inspiration

    • Lesson 8 - Upload Your Work!

  • 11

    Creating Compositions for Clients

    • Lesson 9 - Three Variations

    • Upload Your Three Variations

    • Final Project

    • Final Project - Upload Your Work

Launch Week Bonus!

For those that enroll before January 8th, 2021, I will be reviewing work daily rather than the normal 2x per week frequency. This means you can take the course at a faster pace and start the year off with a new set of composition and design skills!

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Frequently Asked Questions


    In this class, you will learn how to create unique and well-designed layouts and compositions for your lettering work!

    We will cover:
    -The basic building blocks of composition
    - How to create a well-balanced piece of work
    -How to use flow in your piece
    -How to use hierarchy to convey your message and add emphasis to important elements
    -How to use variety & consistency harmoniously in your work
    -How to use negative space in your work (and when to fill it up!)
    -How to use flourishing and decorative elements in your composition and design
    -How to use elements of design like color and texture to add context to your work.

    There will also be some helpful business and practice tips sprinkled throughout the course!


    First off, it’s important to be clear that we will NOT be covering the basics of how to create individual letters and will NOT be going over the basics of lettering (like weight, serifs, letterform structure etc.) If you are interested in learning the basics of lettering check out my intro to hand lettering course.

    That being the case, you can still take this class as a beginner!

    In this class, we’ll be talking all about how to create finished compositions and how to make a unique lettering layout.


    Yes! Being able to get feedback on your work is SUPER IMPORTANT, that’s why each section of the course will have a place for you to upload your work and to receive feedback and individualized help! As a teacher, I believe that learning is best when students are able to ask questions. Along with having access to practice reviews to help improve your lettering, all students who enroll in the course will be able to email me and leave messages in the community and receive a special class email address to ask questions related to the course.


    One of the best things about hand-lettering is that it doesn’t require any fancy, expensive tools!

    When you register for the course, you will be given access to a free, downloadable set of worksheets that go along with the class. Other than the worksheets, all you’ll need is a pencil or pen!

    If you would like additional supplies (they are not required or necessary,) I would recommend:
    - Plain white scratch paper (normal copy paper is great!)
    - A black pen - any pen will do, I encourage you to play around with different pens to see what you like best!
    - A black marker - any marker works! I just like to keep one on hand to make filling shapes faster.
    - A ruler and a protractor. (I recommend a clear plastic sewing ruler, they’re the best!)


    Yes! During the course, I will be working with pen and pencil on paper, but if you like to draw digitally using Procreate or some other program, you can totally follow along on your iPad or tablet! The worksheets are in PDF format and you can upload them onto your iPad and draw straight on them. The same principles apply when it comes to doing hand-lettering traditionally and digitally, use whichever is more comfortable to you!


    Four weeks or longer depending on how quickly you want to move though it! I check the assignments and send out feedback videos twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. However, you can take as long as you like to move through the class! Some people finish in 4 weeks, some take several months. The class is built in a way that you can work on it at your own pace as quickly or slowly as you like.


    Yes! Once you purchase the online composition and design class, it’s yours forever! That means you can watch and rewatch the lesson videos as much as you like!


    Yes! While we don't have gift cards or anything like that, you can just enter their email address when you sign up for the course, and they'll get an email asking them to create a profile and a password. As soon as they sign in they will have access to the course(s) you purchased for them.