Nov 24, 2010

The Typographic Desk Reference

THE TYPOGRAPHIC DESK REFERENCE is a quick reference guide of typographic terms and classification with definitions of form and usage for Latin based writing systems. TDR contains over a thousand facts on typography.
Written and designed by Theodore Rosendorf the guide includes a foreword by Ellen Lupton.


Caslon Font Family

PURCHASE THE ADOBE CASLON font family for your computer. Great package purchase (if you have the money.) Purchase Here

Body Canvas

GEMMA O'BRIEN AKA MRS.EAVES used her own body as a typographic canvas

John Baskerville's Printed Bible

ONE OF JOHN BASKERVILLE'S works the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer

Nov 17, 2010

Declaration of Caslon

THE CASLON TYPEFACE WAS used for the first printed version of the Declaration of Independence.

Lunar Society

LUNAR SOCIETY OF of Birmingham 

Mrs Eaves

MRS. EAVES TYPEFACE WAS a tribute to Baskerville's wife.

When In Doubt Use Caslon...

When in doubt use Caslon.

From Caslon with Love

Nov 16, 2010

Nov 10, 2010

St Luke Old Street

THE GRAVE OF WILLIAM CASLON and some of his family members is preserved in the churchyard of St. Luke Old Street, London in a tomb engraved with Caslon's very own type.Preview

Nov 9, 2010

Intro to Baskerville

A SHORT INTRO TO the Baskerville typeface.

Baskerville Animated

A SHORT ANIMATED FILM about the life, work and legacy of Birmingham's John Baskerville.

Caslon Typefaces

CASLON TYPEFACES WERE VERY popular and used for many important printed works, including the first printed version of the United States Declaration of Independence. Caslon's types became so popular that the expression about typeface choice, "when in doubt, use Caslon," came about.

Nov 8, 2010

Caslon Invaders

A NEAT VIDEO OF CASLON INVADERS using the Ornaments in Adobe Caslon.

Nov 3, 2010

Caslon Specimen Sheet

WILLIAM CASLON'S FIRST specimen sheet came out in 1734. On is specimen sheet Caslon showed not only a wide range of Roman and italic text and display sizes but also fonts of Hebrew, Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Gothic, Coptic, Saxon, Samaritan, and Arabic. Caslon was putting his competitors out of business at this time while his business was growing.

Nov 2, 2010

Baskerville and Sarah Eaves

JOHN BASKERVILLE WAS IN a relationship with Sarah Eaves although she was married to another man named Richard Eaves. Richard Eaves refused to divorce his wife so she could marry Baskerville, and the only way they could get married is when Richard Eaves passes away. Eventually Richard Eaves dies in 1764, and Sarah was free to tie the knot with Baskerville. Baskerville was despised for being an atheist and living with a woman for 16 years.

Nov 1, 2010

John Baskerville Japanning

IN 1738 JOHN BASKERVILLE STARTED a new trade called japanning, which made him a fortune. Japanning is the manufacture of wood or metal goods with a special varnish that usually decorated with a paint job. Since Baskerville did not label his work it’s hard to tell if any of his products survived.