Letter Treasure

When I found out that I will be teaching two typography classes this summer at CDIA Boston University I got really excited and began to dive into some type research. In my intro to graphic design class I talk about the evolution of letters and we do a project that revolves around illuminated letters. Some of the students end up coming up with some really fun stuff.

oldschool caligrapher drawing letters

As I was poking around the internet I found some excellent resources on lettering that are now out of print. A real treasure trove of letter goodness for those who love the history of type and the alphabet. There are some really awesome illustrations and diagrams that make me pretty giddy, so I thought I would share a few here with you.

These are all from Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering by Edward Johnston

You can view it online or download a PDF here.

B

Beginings

lotsofletters

P

capitals

gilding

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