Thursday, 21 October 2010

What's Your Type?

I love reading.
It inspires me.
I particularly like when it inspires me visually.

Sometimes it's not the message, sometimes there's no 'message' at all, it is the presentation.

Stumbled across this hardback book, Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters. It explores the origins of our alphabet, from hieroglyphics to braille.

It's one to gift 'creatives' with (Xmas idea. Done) - from traditional to graffiti artists, from graphic to fashion illustrators. Broad but specific, a legitimate oxymoron on reading.

It's visual vocabulary, which delves into how we came to be left with these 26 glorious letters.

I'd consider fashion to be visual vocab also. It infers how someone is feeling, how trend-led, or leading, they are and right through to how disposable their income is.

Mixing the two; typography & fashion. A force is created, wielding power and creating its own message.

This is a pleasant little font palette I found. Fabulously concocted letters infused with fashion.

It contrasts greatly with the strong presentation of the two united on the runway via Viktor & Rolf. How devilish and dominant.

It pains me to say that I've not a strong graphic eye. Yet, I express my admiration for those who sucessfully demonstrate theirs so robustly. From Marc Jacobs's Sprouse signature Day-Glo graffiti (in its hey-day that is), to Katharine Hamnett's iconic tees. Both coveted and re-packaged.

Then you have the renowned fashion typography; Sans Serif for Vogue, Hoefler & Frere-Jones's Didot for Harpers.

In my (most unprofessional) opinion, I have two favourites; Chloe and Hermes.

Both very different, but infer a similar message of luxury and security. If I had to choose, it'd be Hermes; the colour lifts me, the horse and buggy have such a regal/heritage laden air & the caps mean business.

I've mentioned my plans of a website in the near future & I'm beginning to think it needs some work.

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