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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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50 of the best graphic design blogs for inspiration in 2020

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No creative can exist in a vacuum. We all need to keep in touch with the latest trends and check out the work our fellow professionals are producing. It's not about copying others, of course.

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Video Tutorial: How to Turn Anything into Gold in Photoshop

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In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to turn anything into gold using this simple combination of Photoshop filters and tools.

Top 30 Logo & Branding Design Kits for Designers

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Sometimes, having the right tools can help make the process of designing a logo or even a brand much easier and with this list of the top Logo & Branding Kits for designers, you can have the tools you need to produce high-quality work every time.

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25 Top Tools Used by Jacob Cass

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Peek behind the curtain of Jacob Cass’s set up and see the tools and other items he uses daily when working with clients all over the world. If you’re a beginner or watching your spending, you may want to consider our post on the top gear for all career levels & budgets.

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Maltese-inspired, minimalist art prints of 'usually busy places' during lockdown

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To help us through these challenging times, illustrator and designer Scott Schembri has created a series of Maltese-inspired art posters depicting usually busy places as deserted during the lockdown.

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Nearly Published: Two graphic design students start a platform that celebrates processes, mistakes and failures

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Do you ever feel anxious when you see people's amazing work on social media? Or read about their latest successful projects in leading magazines? Yes, we do, too. Which is why we try and share work from both emerging and established creatives.

Lessons of Lockdown: What creative freelancers will be doing differently when things return to normal

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Over the last two weeks, our entire world as we know it has been turned upside down in a bid to protect the NHS and save lives. Although we're happy to do our bit, it's especially tricky for freelancers and small businesses in the creative industries, as often the first thing to be cut is marketing.

The Best Courses on Skillshare in 2020

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What I love about Skillshare is their short format classes, teaching you valuable skills in a short amount of time! They have thousands of classes in many different categories, as shown below.

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&Walsh's protest poster-inspired branding for online community and women's-only island, SuperShe

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& Walsh has created the branding for SuperShe – a digital and physical "community" for women comprising an app, online content platform, e-commerce store and women-only island retreat near Norway.

Self-Isolating? How To Start A Business While Quarantined

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This article has been contributed by Evan Fraser. This is a stressful and uncertain time for all of us.

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Video: How To Create a Floral Typography Effect in Photoshop

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In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create the popular floral typography effect, where type is combined with images of flowers to create pretty artwork.

How to Apply Cyberpunk Style Color Grading & Neon Effects to Your Photos

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The cyberpunk aesthetic is commonly associated with densely populated, futuristic cities illuminated by bright neon signs and advertisements.

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Retro Camping Badges & Outdoor Patches for Premium Members

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Access All Areas members have a great collection of camping and outdoors themed patch and badge designs to download this week, courtesy of Evgen Radchenko from JeksonGraphics.

An anime-inspired campaign for Wagamama by Danish anime director Mads Broni and Passion Animation Studios

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MullenLowe has collaborated with Danish anime director Mads Broni and Passion Animation Studios to create an anime-inspired campaign for one of the UK's favourite restaurant chains, Wagamama.

Timeless shell-toes are celebrated for its game-changing team spirit

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Can you believe it's been 50 years since the Superstar was born?

Uncommon and Noma Bar create Kama Sutra-inspired illustrations to soothe mortgage stress

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Acclaimed graphic designer Noma Bar has turned mortgage jargon into a series of 'trompe l'oeil' amorous scenes, as part of a playful campaign by Uncommon for mortgage broker and lender, Habito.

Shyama Golden on making your own luck, avoiding burnout and the power of connections

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It all began for illustrator Shyama Golden when she entered rodeo art competitions as a kid and took photographs of her local neighbourhood cats in Houston, Texas. Back then, drawing horses was her passion until she reached middle school and discovered HTML and could make her own websites.

Paula Scher on falling in love with typography, timeless identities and what it takes to become a great designer

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If you visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York, pop into a Citibank branch, use Microsoft Windows 8 or walk past Tiffany & Co., then you're looking at the work of Paula Scher.

Wine designs that celebrate the brave man who fails

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"This wine is dedicated to all the brave ones, who thought that it is better to try and fail than not try at all," says Polish studio Foxtrot. Cheers to them!". Cheers indeed, but the studio's designs for The Fall wine are anything but a failure.

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The 2019 Christmas gift guide for artists, designers, makers and anyone who loves creativity

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Have a super creative person in your life and need some gift ideas for Christmas? Or need to throw some hints at family and friends? At Creative Boom, we've done all the hard work for you, picking out a selection of presents ideal for those who love and appreciate art and design.

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Daniel Lloyd on carving out a successful creative career away from the big city

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Daniel Lloyd is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, famous for its medieval buildings and being the birthplace of Charles Darwin.

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Pentagram designs new visual identity for Covariant

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Pentagram partners Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell have created the brand identity for Covariant (no, it's nothing to do with that ) – a company creating artificial intelligence software for robots.

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Lana Belton, Madeleine Berg, and Emma Skaaning on starting their own design studio in Berlin

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When friends Lana Belton (Canada), Madeleine Berg (Sweden) and Emma Skaaning (Denmark) graduated from university, they didn't try to find jobs at Berlin's many reputable design agencies; they instead set up their own studio.

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The Plant creates adorable 'Bean Army' illustration-led branding for new plant-based protein brand

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The Plant has created a charming character-based designs scheme for Better Nature, a new food brand centred around Tempeh plant-based protein. It worked on the entire strategic side – from naming to logo design, packaging, positioning, concept creation and a suite of illustrations created in-house.

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An eight-year-old boy's 'infinite broadcast of love' to raise awareness of autism

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For World Autism Awareness Week, which kicks off today, an autistic eight-year-old is challenging the harmful myths around autism and lack of emotion with an infinite broadcast of love.

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Women Supporting Women: cards that celebrate women in design

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International Women's Day is rapidly upon us, taking place this Sunday (8 March) – and we for one are rather excited at the prospect of Richard Herring's annual trolling of misogynist tweeters (he responds to every tweet asking things along the lines of "But when is International Men's Day?",

Using multidisciplinary design approaches to tackle the complex ideas around memory

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Designer Veronica Tran currently works at Hangar Interaction Lab in Barcelona; focusing on UX/UI design and digital branding work as well as printed editorial pieces.

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How to work with a logo brief that was simply, 'No serif, no sans serif'

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Moth Design has created the branding for Boston's newest contemporary art museum, MassArt Art Museum. The free, public museum is part of Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), which was founded in 1873 and has long dreamed of having a museum on-site both for teaching and public purposes.

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Creative Boom launches a new forum to help bring the creative community together

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The world feels uncertain right now as we face an unprecedented crisis. Our jobs and our livelihoods are at risk. It's a stressful time for all of us. But there is hope, as we see people coming together to support each other. Slack channels are opening up everywhere for niche communities.

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The shortlist has been announced for this year's V&A Illustration Awards

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Today the V&A has revealed the shortlisted artists for the V&A Illustration Awards 2020, a celebration of excellence in student and published illustration over the last 12 months.

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