by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic

Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age

Not only are we losing the handwritten letter(see yesterday’s post), computers are taking over the design world too. At Also we have morning meetings to discuss what we are going to be working on during the day. We are always reminding each other- don’t use the computer yet- hand draw it first. I think the computer is making it too easy for us. We can manipulate type right on screen and draw right into the computer. But texture and beautiful imperfections can easily get lost. This book co-written by New York Times art director Steven Heller, who has authored, co-authored or edited over 100 books on design and written many articles for Print, Eye, Baseline and I.D., celebrates handwritten lettering. With examples from posters, magazine layouts, packaging and book covers, the book shows how nice the handmade is. I love stitched letters or objects arrranged to make letters. Just seeing handdrawn ornamental type is enjoyable. I keep looking for Ray Fenwick’s work in this book. He is the master of handlettering. I don’t know how they could have overlooked him. Anyway, you can get a copy here.

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