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Type that makes me smile #2

beer garden

But the beer is very good.

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Typographic Chess Set

Pictures of the typographic chess setMarvellous limited edition typographic chess set by Hat-Trick. Laser cut acrylic pieces based on the typeface Champion (Lightweight) by Hoefler Frere Jones. My birthday is coming up…

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Signs of the times

Hand painted advertising sign

Hand painted advertising sign

Over on the Design Observer site there’s a lovely short article by Edward Ruscha on hand-painted signs. A nice little slide show goes with it. Here’s two brief quotes from the article to give you a taste…

Some sign painters had the facility to make any word grouping look good and make any letter of the alphabet look stylish.

The creators of hand-painted signs have engaged in an elegant and noble art form in all of its extremes, but in a world of computer plastics, where do we go? 

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What a King should know

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A closeup of the illuminated letter P in the 1407AD Latin Bible on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. It was hand written in Belgium, by Gerard Brils, for reading aloud in a monastery.

Growing tired of all this technology? Well, BBC 4 have a solution for you in the programme: Illuminations The Private Lives of Medieval Kings What a King Should Know.

janina ramirez

Janina is now course director for the Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art at the University of Oxford, and contributes to a number of courses, including a forthcoming seminar series on decoding symbols in art (Trinity 2012). She continues to publish her research, most recently in international art history journal Gesta.

This has been a wonderful little gem for those interested in Illuminated Manuscripts, book binding and the power of books in Medieval times. Presented with the right balance of enthusiasm and knowledge by Dr Janina Ramirez , it has been a pleasure to watch and coincides with the British Library exhibition: Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination.

If you’ve missed it go here.

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Afterthought?

Art exhibition poster

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Eric Gill

Eric Gill

Eric Gill

Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (22 February 1882 – 17 November 1940) described himself on his gravestone as a stone carver. To many who appreciated his work as a sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer he is far more than that.

Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety

Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety

Gill remains a controversial figure even today. But it is his for his work that he will be chiefly remembered. I have posted about him before and wanted to commemorate his birthday with a further post today.

Eric Gill seahorse Midland Hotel Morecombe

Eric Gill seahorse Midland Hotel Morecombe

Designers and typographers are very familiar with his types which include: Gill Sans (perhaps his most famous), Perpetua, Solus, Joanna, Aries, Bunyan, Pilgrim (a recut of Bunyan) and Jubilee.

Gill Sans

Gill Sans

The BBC adopted Gill Sans in the 90s for its famous wordmark and on-screen graphics.

For more information on Eric Gill you can go to Wikipedia, The Eric Gill Society, The Ditchling Museum and Identifont.

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Happy New Year

MMXI

MMXI

Can you spot the logos?

Happy New Year to everyone!

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