letterforms

Making an Ampersand

The 2012 Legacy of Letters tour and workshop, led by myself and Alta Price, took place in northern Italy this past July. As in previous years, it was an opportunity for calligraphers, letter cutters, typographers, and anyone else passionate about letterforms to study the history of the Roman alphabet in the place of its...

Today's Obsession: David A. Smith

If you’ve got fifteen minutes to spare today over lunch, watch this video. It’s fascinating. This is a short film looking at the work of one David A. Smith, one of a handful of expert craftsmen who designs, cuts, etches, sandblasts, and gilds glass signage. His typography is breathtaking; effortless swashed (mostly) Tuscan and...