Typography and Iconography
100 Ornamental Alphabets
100 Ornamental Alphabets
Paperback      ISBN: 0486286967

In this volume noted typographer Dan X. Solo has compiled a treasury of attractive, eye-catching typefaces that will add decorative flair to almost any graphic project. Artists and illustrators can choose from a wealth of ready-to-use, royalty-free typefaces, including Anglo, Alfama, Sundance Decorated, Carnival Open, Daisy Delight, Laurel, Mole Foliate, Kobe, Barb, Ecclesiastic, Garland, Magnet, Fina Uncial, Chickadee Tooled, and many more.
All typefaces include uppercase alphabets; some contain punctuation marks and lowercase letters. Most have numerals. Commercial artists will find these distinctive and versatile typefaces ideal for use in display ads, on posters, signs, menus, and in other print projects.

A2z+ Alphabets & Other Signs: (Revised and Expanded with Over 100 New Pages, the Ultimate Collection of Fascinating Alphabets, Fonts, Emblems, Lette
A2z+ Alphabets & Other Signs
(Revised and Expanded with Over 100 New Pages, the Ultimate Collection of Fascinating Alphabets, Fonts, Emblems, Lette
Paperback      ISBN: 1616897074

Now in its fourth iteration, revised and dramatically expanded with 130 new pages, A2Z+ remains the ultimate source for unusual, inventive fonts not found anywhere else. This spectacular updated version contains an abundance of newly-discovered material with over 130 new images, features the spectacular statistical charts of W. E. Du Bois and a wealth of rare graphics and ephemera. This off-beat collection is the perfect inspiration for designers, history buffs, artists, as well as casual readers interested in remarkable typefaces, symbols, and patterns

Alan Kitching's A-Z of Letterpress: Founts from the Typography Workshop
Alan Kitching's A-Z of Letterpress
Founts from the Typography Workshop
Hardcover      ISBN: 1780674813

A must for letterpress enthusiasts and graphic designers, this is a covetable showcase of Alan Kitching's font collection. Each page has been carefully created by Alan Kitching in collaboration with Angus Hyland, making this book a work of art in its own right. Presented as an A to Z, each letter is interspersed with complete alphabets giving the reader access to a large range of fonts to reference in their own work.

The Art & History of Calligraphy
The Art & History of Calligraphy
Paperback      ISBN: 0712353674

Ranging from the Middle Ages, when beautiful calligraphy was a way of celebrating the divine, to the renaissance of the art form by William Morris, to the modern school of calligraphers following in the wake of master typographer Edward Johnston, Patricia Lovett charts the development of calligraphy through the history of European manuscripts. A renowned expert on the history of the form as well as a fine calligrapher herself, she writes--uniquely--from a practitioner's point of view. Large-scale full-color reproductions enable the reader to see the fine detail of each manuscript, and to understand more clearly than ever before the painstaking craft and great artistic skill that were necessary to create these strikingly beautiful pieces of writing.

The Art of Brush Lettering: A Stroke-By-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy
The Art of Brush Lettering
A Stroke-By-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy
Paperback      ISBN: 1631593552
A complete guide to brush pen lettering, The Art of Brush Lettering takes a meditative approach to creating beautiful letterforms, plus freestyle lettering, faux calligraphy, and special effects.

Instagram brush lettering artist Kelly Klapstein (@kellycreates) takes a simple, serene approach to teaching the art of creating beautiful letterforms with easy-to-use and richly colored brush pens. Kelly begins by guiding you through the tools you'll be using and the best ways to position pen, hand, and paper.

She goes on to demonstrate a range of basic strokes and drills, detailed tutorials for both lowercase and uppercase alphabets, and lessons on freestyle lettering, faux calligraphy, and a variety of special effects.

Also included for practice and improvement are exemplars for tracing and worksheets for basic strokes and drills, lowercase and uppercase letters, punctuation, and numerals for both large and small brush pens, so you'll never have to look far to find the best examples to practice from.
The Art of Calligraphy & Lettering
The Art of Calligraphy & Lettering
Paperback      ISBN: 1600582001

In a world saturated by computer-generated fonts, more and more artists and crafters are turning to the organic art of hand lettering. The Art of Calligraphy & Lettering offers a broad scope of instruction, starting with basic calligraphic alphabets and moving to unique modern characters. Creative step-by-step demonstrations introduce readers to illumination and word painting while inspirational projects teach beginners how to incorporate their new skills into a variety of crafts. From adding decorative flourishes to guilding, this book covers it all

The Art of Language
The Art of Language
Paperback      ISBN: 1788683048

From Arabic and Japanese to Hebrew, Javanese and Cherokee, explore 26 unique scripts and alphabets with Lonely Planet - and learn to write local proverbs with our calligraphy tutorials.

For each script you'll discover its history and roots, how and where it flourished, and gain insight into other people, places, cultures and traditions throughout the world. We'll then tell you how to use the script and the easiest handwriting techniques to make it look authentic.

Accompanying each script is local proverb and a calligraphy tutorial with a blank page so you can easily recreate the sentence in your own hand.

Scripts include:

  • Arabic - from Africa and the Middle East
  • Vai - from Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Hangul - from Korea
  • Japanese
  • Hanunoo - from the Philippines
  • Tamil and Sinhalese - from Sri Lanka
  • Tibetan
  • Georgian
  • Cyrillic - from Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine
  • Mongolian
  • Tifinagh - from north Africa
  • Hebrew and Syriac - from the Middle East

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Artist & Alphabet: Twentieth Century Calligraphy and Letter Art in America
Artist & Alphabet
Twentieth Century Calligraphy and Letter Art in America
Hardcover      ISBN: 1567921183

Over the past quarter century, calligraphy and the lettering arts have enjoyed a renaissance all across America. As the century closes, it seems both appropriate and timely for Godine to join forces with the Society of Scribes (who will be marking their twenty-fifth anniversary) and the AIGA to assemble, exhibit, and illustrate the work of the calligraphers who have made major contributions to the field and whose work, in the opinion of their peers, is consistently outstanding. Here, then, is a book presenting a century of scribes, representing 140 examples of their best work, and displaying the taste, variety and vitality of the lettering arts in this country over the past century. The greats are all here, from Arnold Bank, John Howard Benson, and W. A. Dwiggins to Alexander Zanetti and Hermann Zapt (whose influence is so pervasive and whose American contacts so legion that it would have been criminal to omit him). Between are examples with 96 specimens illustrated in full color and 47 in black and white, of the very best this country has produced.

Bb-Hand Lettering
Bb-Hand Lettering
Hardcover      ISBN: 1441322019
Between Heaven and Earth: A History of Chinese Writing
Between Heaven and Earth
A History of Chinese Writing
by Shi, Bo
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1590300505

The history and evolution of Chinese writing is inseparable from the lives and legacies of China's emperors. Master calligrapher Shi Bo explains the seven major stages of writing in China from as early as the 17th century BCE, including: Jiaguwen, Lishu, Caoshu and Xingshu. Shi Bo puts each stage in historical context with informative text and abundant original archival illustrations.