Posts tagged ‘perfection’
Here’s a really cool post I found on the Design Observer site. It talks about this German Book from the 17th Century that basically is just a compilation of different calligraphy styles applied to the alphabet. What’s truly amazing is that each page gets more and more ornate. The time it took to make these is probably ridiculous, and I definitely don’t have a steady enough hand to do something like this so I definitely respect and admire it! Take a look.
I think it gets to a certain point where some of these are borderline-beyond-legible, but amazing to look at nonetheless!
So I’ve discovered the astonishing work of Marian Bantjes, a canadian designer, and I am impressed to say the least. Not only is this cover to her book completely mind blowing, but the previews I’ve seen of all of the pages inside are even more impecable (pictures below). But to keep this related to Typography, the cover of this book is truly a work of art. At first glance, the intricate gold and silver design easily looks like it might swallow up the text, but the text stands on it’s own and is clear to see. Also, with the font being Silver and the rest of the design being Gold with tiny specs of silver, they balance each other out. I really enjoy that this typeface (I assume) was created just for this book and therefore hand-drawn (it is very clean and crisp but lacks the strict, uniform, mechanical aspect that most typefaces have nowadays – I like that it’s different! That makes it more unique to me). I do feel that the Design on the cover is the first thing in the hierarchy of this piece, but like I said that both work very well to it and kind of have this story-book feel to it (with the type having a sort of handwriting quality and the use of strictly gold and silver makes it very fantasy-like). I feel that works like this should be more respected in the art world, since nowadays the minimalist style is very popular (keep it stupid simple, keep it simple stupid), but works like this pay attention to the most minute details and I think that most people tend to overlook it. Another thing I was going to mention about the Type of this piece is that the serifs and legs extend and wrap around the design on the rest of the cover, which also unifies these two together. I guess if I stare at this a little longer I can come up with something deeper but I’m still in awe 😛 I really want to purchase this book now because I feel that it will inspire me a lot now as a growing designer, and in the future once I have a career!
(pictures from other pages in the book)
So, for this next project I just happened to stumble upon this amazing poster design by KOYOOX (?) that shows the perfection of the Baskerville typeface. There is a clear grid and circular aspect to all of these letterforms. The way that the negative space of each letter is essentially made by or within a circle just astonishes me, yet really helps me understand the form of the letters that much better. I’m so excited I found this and I will definitely be researching it and studying it more for the duration of this project!