Artist Spotlight: James Lebbad

James Lebbad is a graphic designer specializing in typographic design and handlettering. He has created award-winning designs for domestic and international clients including NBC, CBS, Arista Records, Campbell Soup, Viacom and Random House Publishing to name a few. James’ artistic genes came from his Dad, Anthony, a Pratt alumni himself.

Ever since he can remember, James has had a pencil in his hand and has been drawing away. Even in grade school he was designing and drawing art pieces for friends and relatives. During high school he was the art department for the local newspaper and upon graduating from Kutztown University, James headed straight to New York where he started his career at New American Library as a book cover designer. While he was there, his handlettering skills won awards from the Type Directors Club. After that, James moved on to Berkley Putnam Publishing where he was named Art Director. Under his art direction, numerous PTB covers won awards from the Society of Illustrators.

Since creating Lebbad Design in 1981, James’ work has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Type Directors Club International Typeface Design Award.

You can see even more of James’ work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

The Art of Lettering

Lettering is a meticulous art, requiring a lot of patience and attention to detail, which many of the Directory of Illustration artists are particularly skilled at.

Check out what they’ve created through the art of lettering:

Patrick Morgan
Début Art Ltd.


Steven Bonner
Mendola Artists


Charlotte Farmer
Eye Candy Illustration


Kelly Hume


Bruce Loeschen


Patrick Knowles
Meiklejohn Illustration Agency


Adam Hayes
Bernstein & Andriulli


Rene Cruz


Luke Lucas
JSR Agency


Pale Horse


Bernard Maisner
Gerald & Cullen Rapp


Darlene McElroy
Rhyne Represents


Carrie May
New Division


Ruth Rowland
Illustration Ltd


Richard Beacham


Tom Helland

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