Steve Jobs made beautiful typography available on personal computers. He had dropped out of university and took a course in formal writing at Reed. Reed college had at the time perhaps the best calligraphy course in the States. Robert Palladino (pictured above) was Jobs’ teacher. Continue reading
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 nowadays. Continue reading
Quality (how good something is) is difficult to quantify. In this entry ‘quality’ means the peculiar character of something. Continue reading
Another video I made back in 2015 in Taiwan. This paper mill is worth a visit for paper lovers.
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. Continue reading
日星鑄字行, 324版畫工作房. An old video from the archive about typography and letterpress in Taiwan.
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’ (Holliday, 2007).
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 knowledge of the solidity and shape of the objective world, were these senses not associated with another sense all important in ideas of form, the sense of touch. Continue reading
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 books in use at the time. ‘The ordinary blunt and pointed pens give indefinite and uncertain strokes […], he wrote. Continue reading
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