Dave Battjes is a lettering Artist in Grand Rapids Michigan.
I’m geeked about all things letters and I use my passion for lettering whenever I can. When I was a kid I wanted to become a famous artist. I would check out every drawing book from the library to teach myself how to draw a dinosaur, the human body, anything I could! My need to create brought me to design school where I learned the rules of design and how to apply them to make things visually appealing to others. I exhausted the details of every project to make it better than anything I had created prior. My tenacity to better my craft led me to the realization that letters had always been my favorite medium.
Each letter has a set of rules that need to be followed in order for it to retain legibility for the user. Beyond that, the expressions are endless. I love large-scale, outdoor jobs, painting signs for a business or an expressive mural in the heart of a city. I’m just as happy putting pen to paper in my studio or practicing letterforms on an ipad. I use my skills to create murals, signs, logos, book covers, editorial spreads, anything that could use more life than a font can offer.
I have spent the better part of my artistic and design careers meddling with type and creating pleasing things to look at. I am passionate about communicating ideas through lettering and my goal is to provide positivity and inspiration to the world around me.
When I’m not immersed in a world of letters I enjoy spending time outdoors. You can find me smiling while hiking and camping with my family, swimming in Lake Michigan, and playing frisbee with my dog Banksy. I’ll rarely turn down a cold IPA, reason to ride my bike, or a chance to meet someone new.
See more of his work IG: https://www.instagram.com/davebattjes/