Love Letters: A Lost Art?

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers!

Now, to be honest, I don’t typically do much to celebrate this holiday. Like many people, I find the day somewhat over-commercialized and lacking real emotional significance, unless you consider “making single people feel conspicuous” to be emotional significance. (Trust me, I’ve been there.) Regardless of the cheese factor of the day, I had a lot of fun creating this illustration to celebrate.

Mocavo-ValentineThis illustration was made for a promotion, but it is also a tribute to the days when people sent real love letters to each other in the mail and put a lot of thought into what they wrote. Was it slow? Perhaps. But it was possibly more romantic than texting. How nice would it be to get a real, heartfelt letter next time you pick up your mail? My mail seems to consist mostly of bills, promotional catalogs from every store I’ve ever bought something from (as well as every store the previous owners of the home bought something from) and irresistible offers for new credit cards. I’m guessing your mail is similar. It’s really not very inspiring.

So, if you want to revive the tradition of writing letters, join me in skipping the flowers and heart-shaped chocolate boxes this year –sorry, Hallmark–and instead write a real letter to someone. It can be anyone: if you don’t have a sweetheart, your best friend, your grandpa or Aunt Sally will do. I’m sure they would be delighted to hear from you! Plus, it only costs you a stamp and a little bit of your time.


P.S. For any design nerds out there, the fonts are Mostra Nova  and Gotham.

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