09 July 2008

Typographers writing

The man in blue had the brilliant idea of posting the handwritings of some typographers. Small pitty he didn't manage to get a big load of handwritings togheter but alltiogheter I really like the "concept".

The handwriting of typographers intrigues, it raises so many questions, big and small: Do typographers exert some extraordinary control of the pen that laypersons don't? Does a typographer's handwriting influence the typefaces they produce? Has the rise of digital communications made handwriting redundant? Do modern typographers, born of digital tools, lack the finesse of their more wizened counterparts? If so, does that change the way their type is designed?

Erik Spiekermann for example, probably one of the most renowned typographers still alive, has been involved in every facet of visual communication – practicing, writing and teaching, as well as running his international agency SpiekermannPartners.

He has designed corporate typefaces for Nokia and Deutsche Bahn, as well as the fonts FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many more.

Read full story at themaninblue.com

Thank you Steven for the linkage

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