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Design & Layout / Re: Protocol for splitting lines of poems/songs?
« on: March 14, 2016, 06:13:22 AM »

There was a young man from Japan
Whose limericks never would scan.
When they said it was so
He replied "Yes, I know,
But I always try to get as many words into the last line as I possibly can".

haha, I like that!

Design & Layout / Re: Protocol for splitting lines of poems/songs?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:29:15 AM »
I was always taught that you should follow the intent of the poet where you can - line breaks in poetry (and I guess also songs) are usually chosen very deliberately - but sometimes you just can't, and you have to do what makes sense in a layout, and you shouldn't feel bad about doing that.  :)

(One that I ran into this weekend was the verse:

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand.
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

That last line is a killer; I ended up splitting it in three to have it trail off.)

But like Andy says, check with the client - maybe do a scribbly draft layout and just check that they're happy with it.
My personal opinion is that you are not typesetting it, and therefore don't have to stick to typographical conventions.  Layout is a major part of the design side of the job.  Definitely discuss it with the client though.

Thank you Andy and Moya! Glad to know it just has to be done sometimes, but of course I will check with the client!! :)

Design & Layout / Protocol for splitting lines of poems/songs?
« on: March 13, 2016, 06:43:50 PM »
I'm just about to start a commission containing song lyrics. Given the chosen style (pointed pen uncial) and the size restrictions (A4), I'm really going to have to split some of the lines to fit it in. What's everyone's take on this? Is it OK or do you have to strictly follow the way it was originally laid out? Should I tell my client that I intend to do this?

Show & Tell / Re: Logo design
« on: March 09, 2016, 03:40:30 AM »
What a fantastic job!  Both the design and execution.

Aw, thank you Sean!! :)

Show & Tell / Re: Logo design
« on: March 07, 2016, 12:53:23 PM »
Well done! :D

Thank you Natascha! :)

Love how it looks so neat yet still has some flair, definitely working as a music band logo :)
Thank you Tracey! :)

Introductions / Re: Hello from Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
« on: February 21, 2016, 05:04:53 PM »
Welcome Brian! You've found a really great place here. Such a friendly and informative forum!

Tools & Supplies / Re: wooden pen holders becoming waterlogged
« on: February 21, 2016, 05:02:50 PM »
I seal mine with clear nail polish. That really helps and you can easily wipe off the ink.

Great tip! Thanks Amy :)

The Library / Re: John Stevens - Expression in Form, Rhythm, & Movement
« on: February 14, 2016, 04:44:05 PM »
thank you for sharing!

This looks amazing and is now on my wishlist!!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Ligature exemplars?
« on: February 14, 2016, 08:17:36 AM »
Have you had a look in the Library, Leanda?  There are links to most of the early Italian writing masters (Arrighi, Cresci, Tagliente et al), who were hot on ligatures.

Here's a relevant page from "Arrighi's Operina".

Thank you so much Andy! And thank you for making me aware of the Library :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: wooden pen holders becoming waterlogged
« on: February 14, 2016, 08:16:34 AM »
Keep it out of the ink :)

Other than that you can seal the end of the holder with Beeswax.

Thank you Christopher, I guess that's the definitive answer! I'm better at keeping it dry now ;)

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Ligature exemplars?
« on: February 14, 2016, 06:20:31 AM »
I'm now fully immersed in learning foundational and italic styles. Having trouble finding good examples for ligatures, fi, ffi, tt etc. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

Thank you Linda for bringing this brilliant resource to our attention, and thank you Josselin so much for creating it!!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Edward Johnston museum in the UK!
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:04:41 AM »
Hi all, I'm about to start volunteering down at a rather lovely little museum in East Sussex in the UK. It's called the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft. It popped up on my Facebook account some weeks ago, I'd never even heard of it, never been there, but the instant I looked at their website I knew I had to get involved. If you're interested in the work of Edward Johnston (and Eric Gill), regarded by some as one of the forefathers of modern calligraphy and designer of Foundational hand, then it is well worth a visit! Ditchling is where he lived from 1912 until his death in 1944.

Show & Tell / Re: Logo design
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:57:42 AM »
Wow this looks great!! Nice job!

Thank you Priyanka! Love your work! :)

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