Cyrin Jocson | Art Director & Designer
Art Director & Designer
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Mini Design Diary

Letterform Archive Tour

 

This Tuesday was no ordinary Tuesday, for on this day, I had the pleasure to journey into a magical place filled with the histories of typography—and even literally held a piece of that history in my hand—a tiny stone relic dated around 2300 BC (*date confirmed thanks to Letterform Archive!).

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The tiny stone relic that looked like a stale chocolate brownie was covered with etchings in cuneiform, and was said to probably have been a person’s shopping list from the area of which it was found in. I was certainly in awe. I’ve never been in the presence of something this old while also being able to actually hold it and get a real sense of its weight and texture. I love visiting museums and wish that I would be able to very gently feel the impasto texture of a painting at the Louvre in Paris, or a dinosaur bone at the Museum of Natural History in New York, of course without destroying the artwork or breaking an entire dinosaur exhibit into pieces as it hits the ground.

The Letterform Archive is more to it than meets the eye. Their tour was a most lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon in the city—being inspired and learning more of the origins and everything related to typography (which is one of my favorite aspects about design).

Our tour guides were very knowledgeable experts (as well as admirers) in the history of typography, and I couldn’t wait till we were set free to check out all of the exciting pieces laid in the middle of the table that we could view up close.

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Manuscript illuminators added colors by hand

Manuscript illuminators added colors by hand

I can't get enough ampersands!

I can't get enough ampersands!

Tapestry of Hours  by Anne Greenwood (2016)

Tapestry of Hours by Anne Greenwood (2016)

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Gorgeous details and stitchwork!

Gorgeous details and stitchwork!

Before Adobe, these comps were created by sketching and painting

Before Adobe, these comps were created by sketching and painting

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Goodies from  Emigre

Goodies from Emigre

My favorite typeface ever!!

My favorite typeface ever!!

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These ligatures (*heart eyes*)

These ligatures (*heart eyes*)

The complete collection of  The Black Panther  newsletters by artist Emory Douglas where he frequently used rub-on transfers to create depth and textures

The complete collection of The Black Panther newsletters by artist Emory Douglas where he frequently used rub-on transfers to create depth and textures

The 50 Card Project   by Melanie Mowinski was amazing!

The 50 Card Project by Melanie Mowinski was amazing!

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I <3 Paul Rand

I <3 Paul Rand

I was completely in love with the entire tour from rub-on letters (these were so fun to play with back in the day) to classic pieces and more. Thank you, Letterform Archive!

Check out more of the Letterform Archive’s tour at: https://letterformarchive.org/visit/

The tours are free and you simply have to schedule a visit to save your spot.

What’s your favorite font? :)

xo,
Cy