Author Archives: Christian le Comte

The genius of Sanvito

Bartolomeo Sanvito (1435-1511) was born and died in Padua. He constantly moved between Rome and Padua. His work is a great example of the Paduan script that became the model for the regular minuscule that is so familiar to us … Continue reading

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Quality & qualia

Quality (how good something is) is difficult to quantify. In this entry ‘quality’ means the peculiar character of something.

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廣興紙寮 Guang Xing Paper Mill

Another video I made back in 2015 in Taiwan. This paper mill is worth a visit for paper lovers.

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More foundational hand

The foundational hand that Edward Johnston created is important to understand regular script, the kind of script that we find in books. Practicing it is the best way to become acquainted with letter-shapes. 

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Ri Xing & 324 Print Studio

日星鑄字行, 324版畫工作房. An old video from the archive about typography and letterpress in Taiwan.

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Awakening

Edward Johnston recalls his youthful awakening moment when he realised ‘that there was something fascinating about letters… letters were intended primarily to be read … the forms of the written letters would somehow depend upon the pen that wrote them’ … Continue reading

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Sight and touch

Extracted from Harold Speed’s The Practice and Science Of Drawing: The fact that we have two flat pictures on our two retinas to help us, and that we can focus at different planes, would not suffice to account for our … Continue reading

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Impossible exercises

This entry is related to Handwriting and visual perception. Literacy has stagnated for more than a century in the West. In 1906, Edward Johnston was requested by the London County Council Education Committee to report on the pens and copy … Continue reading

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Venetian origins of roman type

In the following article Riccardo Olocco looks at the early development of roman type in Venice and the connections with the work of Paduan and Venetian scribes. You can find the article here https://articles.c-a-s-t.com/the-venetian-origins-of-roman-type-a856eb3f0cb

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Experiment

Personal exercise developed from an idea of Gerrit Noordzij:

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