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Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:21:18 PM »
I am not sure if this is the right sub forum to post this, but as I wanted to try the picture upload again here it is: a little review of a wonderful book about contemporary calligraphy and lettering. I posted this also some time ago in another forum.

"Hand to Type" is an amazing book I aquired some weeks ago. It covers not only a lot of contemporary takes on calligraphy / lettering as well as script-style font design but also has some chapters about current developments in non-latin writing systems such as arabic, indian and japanese. Some of the examples are totally applied and practical, others completely free and more veering towards art.

There are some very insightful interviews with great typographers / calligraphers for example with Brody Neuenschwander (who did some famous movie projects with Peter Greenaway).

Apart from that it is a very beautiful book, a joy to browse in and a great source for inspiration!

Here are some more reviews –

http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Type-Scripts-Hand-Lettering-Calligraphy/product-reviews/3899554493/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/3899554493/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Besides the book contains one of my favourite quotes about calligraphy: "The one hard thing about calligraphy is that is does take a hell of a lot of practice" - said mexican designer Mr. Gabriel Martínez Meave. So true!

I am very sorry the picture upload / linking from flickr didn't work. So if anyone is interested just have a look at some sample pages here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157638617602255/
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2013, 05:32:32 PM »
Wow! Thank you for sharing this Stefanie! I have not heard of this yet so I am excited to order it! I will add this to the links on the forum blog.  :D

P.S. I'm working on the flickr sharing issue. Thanks!
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 07:09:49 PM »
I have this book on my wishlist! Here's hoping Santa sees it ;)

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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 10:05:05 PM »
Thanks, Stefanie! I went straight to Amazon to add this to my wish list, and discovered it's already there. haha! I have so many books on my wish list right now... I hope Santa sees some of them!  ;)
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2013, 05:14:59 PM »
Sounds like Santa has a lot to do ;) – you will love this book, it's really great. Yesterday I looked up one of the script fonts shown in there, by Sabrina Lopez –

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/typesenses/parfumerie-script-pro/

I think it's gorgeous … with all these beautiful letter variations.

Thanks for looking further in the flickr upload problem, I am going to try what Linda explained! Thank you!
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2013, 06:18:00 PM »
Wow Stefanie! That script is gorgeous! Great ideas for handlettering!  :D
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 05:30:37 AM »
Yes, I thought so too!
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2014, 02:01:29 PM »
I finally bought it, and it's lovely! The interviews are very insightful too. And oh gawd, so many more calligraphers to look up! I'll never get any practice done if I'm just looking at tons of pictures every day :D
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2014, 03:37:30 PM »
I also think it's worth every penny! Glad you like it!
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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2014, 03:33:10 PM »
This looks like a gorgeous book! Do you know if there is any Cyrillic (Russian) calligraphy in it? There is some gorgeous work being done by Russian calligraphers and as I speak (or probably more accurately, "used to speak") Russian, I would love to try some.

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Re: Inspiration - "Hand to Type"
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2014, 04:30:33 AM »
Hi Lori, just in short – there is one chapter (4 pages) about Cyrillic and I think also various artists featured who use it, but I am not sure with what languages. Could also be Ukrainian or others! I will get back later when I am not only on my mobile!
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