When I was in the first year of my university degree back in 1995, my lecture went around the class asking why people were doing the design degree. A young woman a few people before me in the line mentioned she wanted to be a sign writer and letterer (I did too), the short sighted lecturer quickly put her down, stating that industry was over and that she should refocus her goals if she wanted to succeed in the industry. Bummer, right? It made me rethink what I was doing.
All I can say is thank goodness for people like Lachlin Philp. His lettering work was exactly the kind of stuff that made me want to study design in the first place. From hand generated, to digital, Lachlan nails it across a wide variety of styles. Not only that, he's made a beautiful condensed typeface by the name of Union, inspired by 19th to mid 20th centary Australian working culture, free to all in two styles. Go grab it now and check out his folio. His limited edition t is rad too.