Mrs. Wronker, who illustrated numerous books for children and adults, said she found the process of drawing “as mysterious as life itself.” A devout typophile — she was a founding member of the Society of Scribes in New York — whose fascination with the shape and form of letters found creative expression on hundreds of book jackets between the 1940s and ’60s. Richard Sandomir’s Obit of this accomplished book designer, illustrator and calligrapher for the New York Times

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AuthorNicole Phillips
CategoriesPEOPLE, VIDEO

Read this insightful interview with lettering (& type) queen Jess Hische on her career and New York times best selling book. “Almost everyone has a fear of failure and that emotion can feel paralyzing when it comes to both life and work. Achieving is great, but, as Jessica Hische has learned, real accomplishment is pushing through the initial fear to actually start creating.”

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AuthorNicole Phillips
CategoriesBOOKS, PEOPLE

The plea went out a few weeks ago from the bookstore in a port city in southern England: “Care to lend a hand?” The store was being forced to move due to rising rents, with no budget to move their thousands of books, the community rallied and a human chain was formed. Long live the local bookstore!

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Trick question: Is it easier to remember a new fact if it appears in normal type, like this, or in big, bold letters, like this? The answer is neither. Font size has no effect on memory, even though most people assume that bigger is better. But font style does. Check out his fascinating article from the New York Times on the persuasiveness of type

Katy Waldman questions Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art? Leonardo da Vinci, held down at least a dozen occupations, from cartographer to engineer to painter to architect. But today, we rain down suspicion on those who seem ruled by competing creative impulses...

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