Leslie Cabarga has been drawing pictures and pictures of letters all his life. In his own words — “Drawing requires an inherent feel for anatomy and proportion. Lettering does also, as I believe that our ancient letterforms are based upon human proportions. Inspired at first by comic book lettering, I began copying logos and display type out of magazines. At fifteen I stripped up film negatives to form a crude but serviceable typositor font.
Working under the name ‘Handy Lettering Co.’ for many years I designed hand lettering for advertising clients, while also working full time as Leslie Cabarga, illustrator. But drawing illustrations has always seemed difficult. Lettering is easy and fun. Working for the last twenty years on the Macintosh has enabled me to create computer fonts, which in many ways is the most satisfying thing I do. Typing a letter or manuscript with a font I’ve created makes me feel like God.
I’m part historian, part preacher and part teacher. I am the author of two books, Logo, Font & Lettering Bible and Learn FontLab Fast, that have inspired many designers to create better quality logos and fonts with properly-drawn letterforms. This fascination with letterforms led to my font BadTyp. I spent years collecting the worst examples of lettering and created this font designed to teach people to recognize the most common lettering mistakes. There is only one basic error in font design and that’s inconsistency. Another of my fonts, Saber, utilizes some letterforms that may even be unique in the history of lettering—at least I think so. My newest book, Topless Summer Love Girls, explains boobs as well as my other books have explained fonts!”