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Alphabet Typographic Feast : Initial Caps

After all that delicious cupcake pop talk, I'm working the food dictionary these days. For those of you that aren't familiar with letterpress, or you're that bride that wants this font on their wedding invitations, I'll be making posts randomly (because that's how I work, out of sheer randomness) on my favorite typefaces. 

I'm what you call a type nerd recluse. At one point I thought it would be fun to teach my three-year-old the Alphabet. Not just the ABC's mind you. I had this brilliant idea that I could design these cool alphabet flash cards with "A is for Aachen", and "B is for Bembo". Evidently, my 3 year old didn't find it at all amusing or educational. He prefers the letter factory type of learning for the real hard stuff. I guess it's good he's not a neurotic as me.

So anticipation set aside, here's a little glimpse of my FAVORITE typographic element, the initial cap, or drop cap. These can be so beautiful as a stand alone or I really love it set in a paragraph with really thick margins, poetry anybody? How about included on a set of wedding stationery in replacement of a monogram? If you fancy these as I do, let me know and I'll print some up and list them in the shop!



Holly said...

Wow, I'm not alone in my type nerdom? Yay!

I do love these, especially as monograms. The tree Z and the M smack in the middle are my favorites.

Stacey Sargent said...

i love love love them! Set them up in shop, and Ill post about it for my brides!

An Atlanta Bride said...

My fiance's last name begins with an "O". I have yet to find a creation of this letter that actually has beauty to it! I don't like the idea of a monogram; I prefer the stand alone letter. Sadly, I may have to forgo this element.

Tiffany said...

Decorated letters are beautiful and so much fun to reproduce from a calligraphers standpoint. Especially when you get into gilding by adding real gold. Old manuscripts and very old Bibles are a beauty to behold when you see the real thing in person. The decorated letters produced back then are a definite site to see. If you ever have the chance to see a real one, or even one done by a skilled calligrapher today I definitely recommend it. Today, letterpress can only add to its richness and beauty.

Atlanta bride - find a very knowledgeable calligrapher of its history. I'm sure they have some beautiful possibilities for a decorated 'O'. It's out there, people that are still producing work like this literally by hand are just rare these days - much like letterpress.