typographer

pen art

i did a few calligraphy classes in primary school, but as with most important things back then (like piano lessons, for instance) i didn’t take it seriously and never wanted to practice. of course now that i’m older i think, DRATS! you could have been a master calligrapher & classical pianist, dummy.

of course i’m not trying to compare my amateur fiddlings with a pen to the amazing work of W.E. Dennis – whose book Studies in Pen Art can be downloaded for free over at IAMPETH (The Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting). Some of my favourites:

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calligraffiti

these are cool & i want them on my wall. from an exhibition called if you could

Currently a senior designer and typographer at Grey in New York, Craig is perhaps best known under his pseudonym, ‘Words are Pictures’. As his self-dubbed moniker suggests, he’s a typography nut who is excited by the forms and shapes of letters. This intrigue allows him to transform standard words into fully-realised, artistic statements. Not content with just one partner, Craig drafted in the typographic expertise of Sean Freeman and Alison Carmichael to come up with what they have named ‘Calligraffiti’.

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drop caps

http://i.imgur.com/XIvTX.png

i’ve been holding out on posting about jessica hische‘s daily drop cap project, but as she recently updated her website i thought it was fitting.

http://i.imgur.com/ykTqR.png

Daily Drop Cap is a project I started in September of 2009 in which I illustrate a decorative letter every day (or at least every work day). The project will continue for approximately twelve alphabets and are available for non-commercial use as drop caps on your personal blog.

http://i.imgur.com/uN6Nw.png

http://i.imgur.com/4CbMK.png

http://i.imgur.com/qLbke.png

she really is an exceptional typographer (and illustrator and designer). ok i can’t resist, here’s some more:

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