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Decorated or illuminated initials were an important part of medieval manuscripts for a thousand years. From luxurious gold and silver letters to plain drop capitals, they functioned to illustrate, commentate, and adorn the text.

Penny Dreadfuls & Murder Broadsides

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The Industrial Revolution mechanized printing and reduced costs, leading to explosive growth in publishing. At the same time, an unprecedented increase in literacy produced millions of new readers and sparked a reading revolution. But what were these new readers to read?

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Who invented the news­paper?

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News has been around as long as humans have. From word of mouth to handwritten newsletters to printed newspapers in the early 1600s, the news has always captivated us. It has evolved from an expensive and bespoke service for an elite few into a major part of today's mass media.

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Inventing Posters

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The modern poster first appeared in France in the 19th century, but its antecedents can be found in Renaissance printmaking.

Design Thinking Strategies for Facilitating Growth and Performance

Speaker: Carrie Cousins, Founder and Freelancer Writer & Designer at Carrie Cousins LLC

Design thinking is at the root of creative success. Seriously! But do you know how to shift your mindset and creative process – as well as that of your team – to create and ideate in ways that are truly innovative? The most inspired and innovative teams and individual designers need to be a part of a culture that enables forward-thinking, acceleration, and efficiency. It’s a combination of creative, analytical, and collaborative approaches that produce results.

Black Print

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An introduction to early African American print culture; its authors, editors, journalists, printers and publishers in America. From protest pamphlets to the first Black newspapers and books. The post Black Print appeared first on I Love Typography. typography america typographic firsts

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Death of a?Typeface

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Robert Granjon (1513–90) was a French type designer who, in 1557, invented a new style of typeface that was modeled on contemporary handwriting. It later came to be know as Civilité, after the civilité of etiquette books that the typeface often appeared in. Although Granjon wished for his Civilité to become the national typeface of France, it never really caught on, and it never seriously competed with Roman and Italic fonts. The post Death of a Typeface appeared first on I Love Typography.

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Point, don’t point

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The pointed finger must surely be one of the oldest human gestures. In deep prehistory, long before the evolution of spoken language, and when we were considerably hairier, it is not difficult to imagine one of our primitive human ancestors pointing to a lion, a landmark, or a lemon. Title font: Courage from Positype.Fast-forward a couple […]. The post Point, don’t point appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books type history typographic firsts

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Printed Pandemic: Plague Books

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The Black Death of the fourteenth century, a disease named after the symptomatic boils and darkened skin caused by internal bleeding, claimed as many as 200 million lives. Even by the fifteenth century, when populations were just beginning to recover, outbreaks of the same plague were still regularly reoccurring throughout Europe. Header image: Detail from […]. The post Printed Pandemic: Plague Books appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books typographic firsts

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Fun with Fonts

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Today I launched two short multiple choice quizzes. The first starts at the beginning with Gutenberg, with questions about his life and his famous Bible. Some of the questions are pretty easy; others you might find rather difficult. The second game, Glorious Glyphs, tests your font identification chops by having you identify individual characters or […]. The post Fun with Fonts appeared first on I Love Typography. typography education

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Now More Than Ever: Why Communication is Essential For Your Business

Speaker: Danielle Hughes, Chief Personality Officer, More Than Words Marketing

In this presentation, you'll hear from Danielle Hughes, a copywriting and branding expert, on how you can use your personality to connect with your clients and stand out from the clutter. On how being vulnerable and real will create stronger connections and affinity, and how knowing your brand and your audience makes messaging easier for you and more relatable for them.

Granjon’s Beautiful Bastard

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When books began to be printed in the fifteenth century, scribes were not immediately made redundant. The rich still commissioned them to produce deluxe manuscripts, governments and local authorities still required secretaries and copyists for administrative documents, and even printed books left spaces for decorated initials and other elements to be added in by hand. […]. The post Granjon’s Beautiful Bastard appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books type design

The Writing Mistress

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From around the beginning of the 1600s, there was a renewed interest in calligraphy. At the same time, women, known as writing mistresses, begin to teach handwriting and calligraphy to young women. Maria Strick in the Netherlands and Marie Pavie, perhaps from France, are the first two women to have their calligraphy copybooks published in print. The post The Writing Mistress appeared first on I Love Typography. typography calligraphy typographic firsts

The Most Dangerous Book in the World

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On a cold morning in early autumn of 1536, in a small town on the outskirts of Brussels, William Tyndale was led from a tiny prison cell, then chained to a stake, strangled and burned. His crime? Daring to challenge the Catholic Church and his insistence on translating the Bible into English. Tyndale’s translation was […]. The post The Most Dangerous Book in the World appeared first on I Love Typography. typography post-incunabula typographic firsts

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The Oldest Book in America

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Printing was introduced into the Americas by the Italian Giovanni Paoli, better known as Juan Pablos. The first book issued from his press in Mexico City was Doctrina breve, a Spanish handbook of Christian doctrine, written by Juan de Zumárraga, Mexico’s first bishop, and printed in 1539 — making it the Western Hemisphere’s first printed […]. The post The Oldest Book in America appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books type history typographic firsts

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Recession Proof Your Business

Speaker: Ean

Facts fight fear. This presentation will outline specific actions you can take to protect your cash manage debt to increase your chances of success in an economic downturn. Suitable for all size businesses (side hustle to C-Corp) with any bookkeeping system.

Medieval Road-trips & the Invention of Print

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We don’t know for sure what prompted Hans Gensfleisch to leave his hometown of Mainz in western Germany for Strasbourg in the south but leave he did, probably in the early 1430s. Founded in the first century BC by the Romans, under emperor Augustus, Mainz had for a time, after the construction of its cathedral […]. The post Medieval Road-trips & the Invention of Print appeared first on I Love Typography. typography type history

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The Geometer’s Compass

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The European Renaissance was obsessed with classical antiquity. For many of its intellectuals it marked a cultural and scientific golden age. Many classical authors, among them the likes of Lucretius and Cicero, were rediscovered and celebrated. And among the many subjects given a new lease of life during the Renaissance was geometry. A branch of […]. The post The Geometer’s Compass appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books renaissance type history

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Hera’s Milky Way & the Origins of the Multiverse

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To the Egyptians, it was a reflection of the Nile; for the Babylonians, a giant serpent or length of rope. In Greek mythology, the infant Heracles was brought to suckle at the breast of a sleeping Hera, the goddess of childbirth. When she wakes, she pushes the child away and her milk splashes against the […]. The post Hera’s Milky Way & the Origins of the Multiverse appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books astronomy book-history

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Fonts in Focus: two

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For the first in this new series of Fonts in Focus, we visited the New York offices of Hoefler & Co. For this second installment, we remain in New York, just fifteen minutes’ walk from Broadway to Lafayette street and the stateside offices of Commercial Type, established in 2007 and headed by Christian Schwartz in […]. The post Fonts in Focus: two appeared first on I Love Typography. typography fonts-in-focus new fonts

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Practical Financial Advice for Creatives in Crisis

Speaker: Jason Blumer, CPA

This webinar provides practical and honest financial advice for those running creative businesses in crisis. The economic disruption brought about by the spread of the coronavirus has caught us all by surprise. Come learn how you need to act now in areas of cash, finances, tax, and the financial side of your business. There will be a time for Q&A as well

The Secret Life of Books

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I seldom write book reviews. Despite reading many good books, it’s quite an effort, for me at least, to gather my scraps and notes and thoughts and hone them into a few hundred words. But Tom Mole’s latest book is worth the effort – and worth more than a retweet or a half-hearted thumbs-up emoji. When […]. The post The Secret Life of Books appeared first on I Love Typography. typography book review

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Long-Haired Stars & the End of the World

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For the best part of 2,000 years, the earth stood at the center of the universe. It did not move but was surrounded by a series of embedded transparent spheres. Each hollow sphere, for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and an outermost sphere or firmament of fixed stars, rotated around our […]. The post Long-Haired Stars & the End of the World appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books astronomy book-history type history

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Meditations on Snowflakes

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Born in December 1571 in southwest Germany, Johannes Kepler would go on to become one of the greatest observational astronomers of all time. He would also write books that forever transformed our view of the cosmos. He is best known for his three laws of planetary motion that describe the motion of planets around the […]. The post Meditations on Snowflakes appeared first on I Love Typography. typography 5-minute books astronomy book-history renaissance

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Fonts in Focus: Decimal & Chill

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Type designers take care of the details, so that we aren’t unnecessarily distracted by them. And good type designers relish those details. To listen to them explain their craft and describe their font-making processes is like watching the child of zero-sugar parents eat its first candy bar. Talking of ‘deep dives’, if you haven’t already, then […]. The post Fonts in Focus: Decimal & Chill appeared first on I Love Typography. typography fonts-in-focus new fonts

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Web Design for All: Accessibility, Inclusivity and Beyond

Speaker: Eden Spivak, Design Expert and Editor at Wix & Nir Horesh, Accessibility Lead and Senior Product Manager at Wix

When we design products or websites for people like ourselves, there are many others who are, as a result, left out. In this webinar, we’ll delve into why accessibility matters. Yet however well-intended, website accessibility is too often seen as a checklist to be marked off at the end of the design process. Our goal is to shift the discussion around accessible design from accommodating the needs of a small minority group to creating better, more inclusive interfaces for us all - no matter our identity, background, knowledge, or ability.

Pomp, Type & Circumstance

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Within several decades of its invention in Europe, the printed or typographic book was already outselling handwritten or manuscript books. A very conservative estimate would be that 12 million books were produced from the publication of Gutenberg and Fust’s first printed Bible in about 1455 until the end of 1500. In those first decades, printing […]. The post Pomp, Type & Circumstance appeared first on I Love Typography.

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Underground World & the man who (thought he) knew everything

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Often described as the man who knew everything, Athanasius Kircher (1602–80) was a German Jesuit polymath of international renown during his own lifetime. He was a prolific author with an astoundingly broad range of interests, writing about everything, from geology and geography to sinology and egyptology, biology, medicine, engineering, theology, anthropology, music theory and linguistics. […].

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From Farting to Fornication: Early print censorship

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During the first half-century of printing in Europe (c. 1450–1500), there were few restrictions on the printing trade, either on who could start a print-shop or on what they chose to print. As new printers rushed to establish themselves and cash-in on this new technology, they sometimes sought protection in the form of privileges. The first […]. The post From Farting to Fornication: Early print censorship appeared first on I Love Typography. typography book-history

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Be inspired by 10 graphic designers and illustrators who scooped an A' Design Award

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Celebrating and recognising some of the world's best artists, designers and other creative professionals, the A' Design Awards is an opportunity to get noticed in front of millions.

What in the World is a Force Majeure?

Speaker: Michele Berdinis

This session will answer business law questions that people are asking most during the pandemic.

As the UK government urges creatives to retrain, Stuart Semple reveals his 'Artist Job Centre' in London

Creative Boom

As the British government launches a new campaign to encourage creatives nationwide to retrain and find employment elsewhere (ahem), Stuart Semple has launched the Artist Job Centre in the heart of London's theatreland.

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PosterLad: Award-winning project boasts posters inspired by '90s graphics, VHS packaging, and Bauhaus

Creative Boom

Taking inspiration from old VHS packaging, '90s graphics and retro culture, together with a strong influence of Bauhaus, this growing series of poster designs by Czech designer Vratislav Pecka is proving ever-popular with the creative community.

A' Design Awards: 20 winning projects to inspire you in 2020

Creative Boom

Feel like your work deserves more recognition? Well, it probably does, but it still might never happen unless you do something proactive about it. And here's something specific you could try.

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Marloes De Vries on her love of freelancing and the surprising outcome of uncertainty

Creative Boom

As a little girl, Marloes De Vries started making robots out of shoe boxes and toilet rolls and grabbed every piece of paper available in the house so she could draw. Today, she's an award-winning illustrator, author, and artist based in the Netherlands.

Bold and lush detailed illustrations by Molly Hankinson that celebrate Glasgow and its women

Creative Boom

Visual artist Molly Hankinson has just launched Your Space Or Mine, a vibrant street art exhibition on display across Glasgow to celebrate women and the city.

Last chance to enter the A’ Design Awards 2021, and get recognition for your work

Creative Boom

Are you fed up of seeing other creatives winning awards when you feel like your work is just as good, or better? Then why not do something about it? The A' Design Awards , the world's largest design competition, is currently accepting entries for 2021.

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50 Windows of Creativity: Manchester's new art trail to celebrate the city's rich and diverse creative culture

Creative Boom

If you live in or around Manchester, you'll undoubtedly be delighted to hear some positive news today.

Animal Crossing: Oil paintings by Mayuka Yamamoto of enigmatic children dressed as animals

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It was the cute, welcoming game of mundane fruit picking and creative crafting that got us through the first lockdown, now Animal Crossing has inspired a new series of paintings by Japanese artist Mayuka Yamamoto.

Witches brew comes to life with delightful fictional beer designed by Vanessa Lovegrove

Creative Boom

Rather than wait for her dream illustration brief to appear, Vanessa Lovegrove has crafted her own fictional beer brand, embracing her "running obsession" with witches and giving a spooky nod to the Halloween season.

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