When I had first decided I wanted to design typefaces I looked around for books on the subject, and yet could never find any book that worked as a primer, a beginner’s how-to manual*. If I’d have come across Letters & Lettering back then I’d have found a very good book from which to learn about constructing letterforms. The examples you can see here (and lots more on the page on Liam’s site) are lovely and clear and show the construction of, say, Trajan-esque forms. There are other examples in the book, blackletter and modern type forms, but it’s the large outlines that interest me here. This site will definitely go in the bookmarks.
* I did eventually find Leslie Cabarga’s Logo, Font and Lettering Bible
Something I’ve been meaning to blog for a while. This site is a veritable treasure trove of calligraphic inspiration. Three examples of my favourites below. Visit the site for much more.
Monday 13th Aug 2007
Not really related to type or illustration, but it comes under the definitions of sculpture and architecture, which is close enough for me.
I found this a while back on pingmag, on an article on chocolate. Unfortunately, like many sites for exhibition spaces, they seem to want to hide all the information from you and expect you to turn up to the thing on a mere hint of a title and a brief synopsis, so no link to more images, background info or what the piece at right is about. Whatever, I like it. I love maps, especially 3D ones and antique ones, like this one of London.
Related to this, I came across a load of great panoramas of Coruscant, the city-wide world from the Star Wars series. I am particularly fond of this one.
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