I love glyphs! and of them all the & is my favourite. I have been trying my hand at lettering, its so exciting to draw glyphs and modify them

devanagari + latin

My experiments are trying to create the devanagari character, by finding the phonetic equivalent of the character in the latin script (can be 1 or more letter forms)  and then using the latin form to inspire the form of my devanagari character. It's been a lot of fun!!   This is part of the #47daysofdevanagaritype... Continue Reading →

Why is it called X height?

Why is it called X height? The X height of a typeface is the height of the lowercase letter, excluding the ascenders and descenders, i.e. the distance between the baseline and the tops of the letters. Ever wonder why is it called x height, and not any other letter? When we analyse the anatomy of... Continue Reading →

UPPERCASE & lowercase

Today, we refer to capital letters are uppercase, but the origin of the word dates back to the times of Movable type. When a typeface was cast, each font was kept in a different case. The commonly used smaller letters were placed at a more accessible lower level and the case with the capital letters... Continue Reading →

The Movable books of Letterforms

I keep looking for new things to share with my students and I came across this fantastic book by Kevin Steele called The Movable books of Letterforms.     The concepts of typography are so beautifully explained in this pop up book! Every page has been a delight, but my absolute favourites are the ones with the... Continue Reading →

OH!

This one goes out to all my students..a word they swear by, especially when the absolute obvious is pointed out...   beautifully designed by Hylton Warburton an illustrator and designer from Durban, South Africa.

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