Writing illuminating & lettering
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In ‘Writing Illuminating,& Lettering’ the author delves into a wide range of decorative historical styles from those demonstrated in historical manuscripts through to traditional writing styles from as early as the ninth century. He also shows letter formations as well as common and rare ornamentations and embellishments for characters.
Whilst this book is undoubtedly Art, the fonts across its pages are also familiar and will bring up powerful associations for each reader. Perhaps the font of your favourite children’s book or the illumination pattern shown in your favourite book of myth, the pavlovian reaction to a design reminiscent of a favourite type of sweet wrapper. One could easily be a devoted fan of Johnston’s work and yet never be aware of it until opening this book.
Edward Johnston believed in his art and he worked hard during his lifetime to see the work of calligraphers and illumination artists recognised. He worked with typographers to expose a greater audience to a range of design styles on the printed page and believed that they should be appreciated. Read his book, consider his work and you certainly will.