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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Speed Reading



Publisher Quercus Books teamed up with the clever Italian design duo Matteo Civaschi and Gianmarco Milesi of H-57 to publish a book for people with short attention spans. Each true story is told in a series of witty pictograms, providing a snapshot on our world. With more than 200 stories, Life in Five Seconds cuts to the chase in order to keep you informed of world events, cultural icons, and famous people. But wait, there is more! You can download the free Quercus Eye app for AndroidiPhone or tablet, and point it at some of the designated pages, and the story will spring to life faster than you can turn the page.


See more extracts from LiFS here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Fractur, Part 2


More Fractur goodness here today in Part 2. In case you missed it, here is Part 1.
     The two handpainted birth certificate frakturs above are for brother and sister, Joseph and Margaret Spengler, dating to the 1700s. They were expected to fetch between $50,000 and $100,00 at auction last year. They were believed to be painted by a Rev. Heinrich Diefenbach, a fraktur artist and theology student. The thing I find so charming about frakturs is how they never used perspective in their illustrations, giving them a naïve, folk-art character. They are flat, and two-dimensional, with no shading nor diminishing vanishing points. This is very evident in these two fracturs above showing each subject standing in a garden with the text layered on top of the soil. 

Handcolored and handlettered religious text with much ornamentation by Martin Godshal, circa 1835. 
Handpainted and handlettered birth and baptismal certificate circa 1773, Pennsylvania.



Fraktur alphabet created around 1825-1850 in Pennsylvania. Find larger sizes
here
. Line-for-line transcription from right to left reads:
A H P W, B I Q X, C K R Y, D L S Z, E M T E, F N U V, G O V E
Writing Exercise by Johannes B. Miller, circa 1830. For transcription of the text, read here 
Handpainted and handlettered in an embroidery pattern by artist and schoolmaster Johann Adam Eyer in 1810. 

Writing exercise by Catharina Murry in 1801. For transcription, see here

Writing exercise in German circa 1800, Pennsylvania. See for translation.


Book inscription with cup and alphabet, by Elisabeth Schwob, circa 1819

Hand-drawn and colored by Henry Young in 1829 for Catharine McKnight. 
Fraktur artist toolkit. Inside the various compartments are tools, such as a straightedge made from bone, pen nibs and containers for dried pigment. Artists also carried design examples such as the colored images of geometric motifs, and various clippings of printed verses like those below featuring printed text in Blackletter, documenting a dialogue between God and Adam and Eve.   


:: All images are courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia where there is much more Fraktur goodness. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Stone Signspotting


Alan Brignull of Essex, England spotted all of this stonecarved lettering loveliness and more in his wanderings around Ipswich and Colchester. He calls them his "out & about" series. I am hoping he will continue to share far more 
of his outside wanderings in the future. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: Go outside, the graphics are amazing! —Anonymous

As an aside, if you are interested in doing some of your own signspotting, Brendan Ciecko recently released Fontly, a new iPhone and web app for capturing, mapping and exploring the world of vintage typography. You can create and share your own digital archive of typographical wonders and use the free app to locate intriguing lettering finds in new places you might visit. Fontly promises to be an endless amount of fun & typportunities for all!