typography

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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yes yeppers yeah

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positive affirmations by Omar Tehawkho

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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sweet treats

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woodward design is a small, passionate design studio in the heart of edmonton, alberta. we love desserts & we love to share. so we baked and we baked and then we paused to imagine what hundreds of pies would look like after they’d been sent through the mail. thank goodness for cameras. we hope you enjoy our recipes. sweet treas, from our kitchen to yours.

this is so cute, and you can download the recipe book for free!

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(great way to draw attention to your design company, too)

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scribble scrabble

just some dandy illustration & design work i’ve found of late

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the casual optimist

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sollinero at etsy

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miller goodman (we used to have something similar as kids, do you remember?)

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transformer studio

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karolin schoor

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fernando volken togni

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john alan birch

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lenancker romain

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the wheatfield at etsy

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halvbra

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david schwen

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sheaff ephemera

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Sheaff Ephemera - A place for show-and-tell, wondering aloud, and wandering the trails of curiosity. there’s so much rad stuff there – go & explore.

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katie kirk

wedding invitation stationery by katie kirk (love that they’re so bright and cheerful)

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