Browsing Archive: May, 2011

The Letterpress

Posted by Erich Shelton on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Video 
I came across this video today and thought some of you might enjoy it. The letterpress technology is being overrun by our digital world, which is a pity. It has such a wonderful look that the computer finds difficult to copy or imitate. What do you think?

Letterpress from Naomie Ross on Vimeo.

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The Queue

Posted by Erich Shelton on Friday, May 20, 2011, In : Humour 

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Body Text - A New Definition

Posted by Erich Shelton on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Inspiration 
There are countless numbers of precedents within art and typography of using human bodies to express typographic forms. Some were published and many were censored from the public's eye. One of the earliest examples we have is Peter Flötner's Anthropomorphic Alphabet (below), which was created around 1540.

Since that first appearance there have been countless number of people who claim their inspiration came from Flötner and the principle of human letter forms has been recreated in most of th...
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The Crystal Goblet

Posted by Erich Shelton on Sunday, May 8, 2011, In : Inspiration 
Below is an excerpt from Beatrice Warde's famous essay on typography. It is considered a classic and has been used as a source of inspiration since its original appearance in 1955. Some may automatically consider anything written this long ago not to be valid in today's fast-paced digital world. However, there is everything to learn and some principles never change no matter what age we live in.  Enjoy.

Imagine that you have before you a flagon of wine. You may choose your own favourite vinta...

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Me, Who Else?

Erich Shelton I am a retired adjunct professor from the University of Southern Indiana, located in Evansville. My favourite subjects to teach are obviously ‘Typography’ as well as ‘Graphic Design History’, 'Senior Seminar' and ‘Computer Illustration.’