The Speedball A Series Nib – Randall M. Hasson

The Speedball A Series Nib

Class 2 in the Writing with a Bent Nib series includes Spurred Gothic, Rennie Mackintosh and Neuland alphabets.

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The Speedball A Series Nib – Class Summary

Rennie Mackintosh. London Underground. Neuland. Copperplate Gothic. The Speedball A nib was developed in 1915 to hand letter these at smaller sizes. This section introduces the bent nib and teaches hand-lettered styles that will expand your repertoire beyond the traditional broad-edged calligraphy nib. 

This is the second class in Randall’s Writing with a Bent Nib five-part series. Note that each class in the series is sold separately or you can also purchase all five classes at special bundle price ($400) OR pay in six monthly installments.

Students are invited to a Private Facebook Group as well as a monthly Live Zoom session with Randall Hasson where you can get more information, ask questions, share your work, and meet your fellow students.

The current duration of the A Series Nib class is 3.5 hours. Scroll down to view curriculum and watch preview movies.

You only need a few supplies to get started; see the Materials List below. 

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of arts, lettering arts, and educational conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He owned and operated the Randall M. Hasson Gallery from 2000–2013 in San Diego, CA and Santa Fe, NM. He is the author of articles on a variety of art or lettering art related subjects and has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering public art, art history, the painting process, collaborative art projects, and the history of writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM alphabet in West Africa. 

In 2015, Randall co-edited the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. He is currently writing and designing his forthcoming book Teaching America How to Letter – The Speedball Story, a history of commercial lettering and American show card writing in the early 1900s. It is due to be published by Letterform Archive in 2020
Barbara Close

Randall M. Hasson

To learn more about this series, please visit the Writing with a Bent Nib page on our main site.

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If the class is part of a series, each class is sold separately so you can choose the class that is right for you. We believe you will love the quality of our classes, but if for some reason you find a class is not for you, we offer a full refund within 30 days. Full details on how our classes work can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page on our main website.

Course Curriculum

“The Speedball Bent Nib is a new and unusual tool for me but I am really enjoying the journey. It is wonderful to learn about the history of these beautiful letterforms and to see just how versatile these nibs can be. The course content is wonderful and Randall is an amazing teacher!” 

Heather Victoria Held

Julie Gray

“Great course! Not only for beginners, but as a good refresher for experienced copperplate calligraphers. Barbara makes everything clear, concise and professional. A nicely produced online class for everyone interested in pointed pen.”

How It Works

As soon as you enroll in this class, you will have immediate access to all the lessons in this class. You can watch the lessons at your own pace as your schedule allows. Because everything is captured on video, you can go back and replay a particular stroke or letter as many times as you like – even at different speeds! There’s no need to worry about being left behind, or missing something. 

You will also be invited to a Closed Facebook Group as well as a monthly Live Zoom session with Randall Hasson where you can get more information, ask questions, share your work, and meet your fellow students.

Learn more about the other classes in the Writing with a Bent Nib series on our main website or on the Series sales page .

We believe these classes are a great value, but if you don’t agree (for whatever reason), we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

Single Class


The Speedball A Series Nib
(class 2 in a 5-part series)

Writing with a Bent Nib Series (5 Classes)


Special bundle price ($100 savings).
You will automatically be enrolled in each class as it is produced over the next few months.
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Writing with a Bent Nib Series (5 Classes)
Installment Plan


Six monthly payments. Total $420.
($80 savings)
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