Handwriting, the way into typography

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Jan Tschichold (1902-1974) spent 8 years working in Munich and teaching at the printers school. When the Nazis took control of Germany in 1933, Tschichold, who was considered avant–garde, accused of cultural Bolshevism and arrested. Soon after publishing The New Typography in 1928, Continue reading

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Reorganizing the alphabet

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The alphabetic order doesn’t have any apparent logic; it’s origin is a mystery.
The best explanation for the fact that b follows a and c, b is found in Continue reading

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Typography and handwriting

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I was re-reading Type Now by the typographer Fred Smeijers, where I came across some of his calligraphic studies. Continue reading

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Sharpness

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When examining manuscript books, often, one of their most striking qualities is sharpness. Scribes used sharp nibs and primed paper Continue reading

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Painting like writing

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This landscape (山水圖) by Gong Xian (龔賢 1619–1689) is made in the scholarly style of Chinese painting known as ‘Literati Painting’ Continue reading

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Too much love

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The text we know today as Formal Penmanship was written by Edward Johnston during the last fifteen years of his life and left unfinished. It was later edited by Heather Child from his notes and finally appeared in a posthumous volume in 1971. Continue reading

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Portable pens

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Quills and dip pens write wonderful sharp thick and thin strokes and are easy to use on one’s own writing desk. But no one sane however passionate about handwriting   would, for example, walk into a meeting, dip pen and ink in hand. Continue reading

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Resources for historical scripts

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Stan Knight’s Historical Scripts, from classical times to the Renaissance is a very useful book and here is why. Continue reading

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An old writing manual

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In 2004 I moved to Mauritius, a small island to the east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. One of the advantages of the downbeat life in the tropics, was that I had time for my research. It was also then, when my attention shifted from typography to handwriting. Continue reading

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Making an ink rubbing from a stele

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