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Image taken from page 126 of ‘Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]; Title: “Songs for Little People.

Our interactions with type are typically limited to anatomical considerations, or selecting a font that feels “right” for a given project. However, it is important to recognize that this feeling of “rightness” is not inherent to the physical form of a typeface. Rather, this feeling is informed by the historical context in which each typeface was introduced and/or used. For example, certain typefaces produced in the Art Nouveau period are currently used to elicit feelings of sensuality in the present-day viewer. This is largely dependent on the connotations we have of Art Nouveau, not the physical appearance of these typefaces.

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Image taken from Studio handbook lettering over 250 pages, lettering, design and layouts, new alphabets; 1960; Chicago, F. J. Drake

For this reason, it is important for designers and type enthusiasts alike to explore how typography has developed and how it has created meaning across various historical periods, from the invention of the printing press onwards. This website aims to facilitate this exploration through a thorough discussion of the relationship between type and the Incunabula, Industrialization, and Modernist periods.

 


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Image 1: Image taken from page 126 of ‘Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]; Title: “Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]”Author: GALE, Norman Rowland.Contributor: STRATTON, Helen.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 011652.g.53.”Page: 126Place of Publishing: pp. viii. 110. Constable & Co.: London, 1896;

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Image 2: Studio handbook lettering over 250 pages, lettering, design and layouts, new alphabets; 1960; Chicago, F. J. Drake

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Image 3: Studio handbook lettering over 250 pages, lettering, design and layouts, new alphabets; 1960; Chicago, F. J. Drake

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Image 4: Studio handbook lettering over 250 pages, lettering, design and layouts, new alphabets; 1960; Chicago, F. J. Drake

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