Galaxy Type by Romain Roger
Although they have been knocking around for a while, I’ve only just discovered this series called “Galaxy Type Posters”, in which designer Romain Roger gets under the skin (quite literally) of various fonts with intricate deconstructions. Shown here are posters representing Clarendon, Avant Garde, Bauer Bodoni, Bello, Fette Fraktur and Helvetica.
There are some beautifully constructed diagrams in this reproduction book. I love the Modern Roman outline face
Here’s a selection of decorative capitals filling rectangles. While I’ve not necessarily chosen the most beautiful of initials they do represent a range of styles. The sqaure shape provides a good structure for patterns and imagery while making it easy to compose blocks of text around them.
- Midolle, Silvestre and Others, Florid and Unusual Alphabets
- William Morris, Kelmscott Chaucer
- Owen Jones, 1001 Illuminated Capital Letters
- Taschen, A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles
A world of options in this alphabet inspired desk design by French, CGI Designer, Benoit Challand. Each offers a space with its own character.
“You can sit in an A-shaped desk, feeling like you’re at the prow of a ship, or in the smooth curve of a D, far more comfortable than being boxed into a traditional cubicle.”
Whispered Garden Alphabet
I spotted this personal lettering project by Thuy Mat tit from Vietnam. The ethereal designs were inspired by the softness and beauty of the various natural forms. I love the little details hidden amongst the linework.
I really like this cover design by Olga Grlic. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald By: Therese Anne Fowler.
2nd photo by Dylandsdream
Upper lines by Hermann Zapf
Lower lines by Rudolf Koch
These delicate letters seem so fragile. Like me, you might be fooled into thinking they have been quilled, but they are from a personal personal 3D project of Dan Hoopert. They’ve been beautifully constructed with all the swirls and loops.
You might remember Dan’s popular architectural, wireframe letters from a while ago, also made with Cinema 4D.
Lots of type and lettering research today for my next project. 1900,Vaderbourght & Dumont from A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles. TaschenWonderfully composed, I like how the left side needs, what look like, supporting struts.
Monotype Caslon Swashes
Gorgeous. I’m sure these have inspired thousands of flourishes.
The Rough vs. The Smooth
I met London based letterer,Oli Frape, the other day. We were talking about lettering, illustration and then software, then he hits me with “I try not to do any lettering on the computer these days.” I was taken aback for a moment.
While it’s not unusual for artists and illustrators to favour tactile mediums over computers, much of the modern commercial lettering I’m used to seeing has been painstakingly cleaned, adjusted or totally redrafted digitally before publishing.
We all love the warmth and imperfections that comes from a beautiful piece of hand-made work, be it sign painting, calligraphy, letterpress or screen printing. But with Ol’s recent work you can see there is a specific emphasis on the imperfections and roughness, which is interesting
He said, he’s using less and less digital manipulation.
“This is basically the mission statement of my hand-lettering. I’m keenly focussed on emphasising the rough edges and making sure that the human element is clearly visible.”
The middle postcards ‘None too perfect’, ‘but’, ‘charming’ & ‘honest’ are a self initiated set.
Calligraphy leaning to lettering
I stumbled across these letters on the tumblr blog of Giuseppe Salerno, Calligraphy in Berlin.
Giuseppe is an Italian, currently living on Berlin and was one half of the Lettering vs.Calligraphy exhibition last year, with letterer Martina Flor.
Most of the letters on his blog are written, many with brushes and guache, but I also really like some of his drawn work. Well worth a look.