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.

A look at the Art of Brett Stiles

Artist Brett Stiles gets his inspiration from his son, skateboarding, music, graffiti, table tennis, industrial design and travel. Based in Austin, Texas and part of Homestead Creatives, a renowned agency and production company, Stiles is a master of logos, posters, brochures, books, album covers and more.

Throughout the years, he’s worked with such prestigious clients as Nike, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Nabisco, The United States Air Force, Vans and many more. Over the years Stiles has become a highly sought after illustrator, specializing in “what you wanted all along but couldn’t quite explain.”

He’s also the creator of the 50 Licks series, in which he created a new and unique stamp for each of the 50 states. You can see more of Stiles’ work, including a few images from 50 Licks, on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

All Images © Brett Stiles


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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Tom White + Awesome Logos

We are proud to announce that Directory of Illustration artist Tom White of 9 Surf Studios

“was commissioned to design the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Super Bowl Host Committee logos, the two biggest entertainment and sports events in the NYC area.”

Read more about this great news on his blog and be sure to explore more of Tom’s great work in his Directory of Illustration portfolio.