Knowledge and experience, hand in hand

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David Kindersley, British stone carver and letter designer wrote ‘Knowledge and experience must go hand in hand if any understanding is to be achieved.’ Continue reading

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Optimal letter perception

 

optimalperceptionofleterscoverLately I’ve been trying to present some of the ideas expressed in this blog in graphics. This is one example that shows how the different senses influence each other. It shows the potential of writing Regular script and how writing the same script that we read will help us to read better. Continue reading

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Handwriting and visual perception

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‘Ordinary copybooks seem to have followed a highly doubtful tradition of engraver’s letters — which cannot really be copied in writing, even by an adult pen’ wrote Edward Johnston some 100 years ago.

Looking at contemporary copy books or ‘writing work books’ as they now like to call them, little has changed. Continue reading

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Walking before running

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To think of teaching children regular handwriting before any cursive or running script is introduced appears commonsensical. But implementing such an idea in the Western education system is difficult. Continue reading

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Foundational hand

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Sheila Waters in the Foundations of Calligraphy writes: ‘At the beginning of the twentieth century, Edward Johnston was the major discoverer of the lost art of how formal bookhands of ancient illuminated manuscripts had been written: Continue reading

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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 aparent 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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