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Typing In Script & Reading Woolf

04

Feb
2012

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In Calligraphy, Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage

{ Photos by Plurabelle Calligraphy }

Almost a year ago I was given this 1950′s Hermes 3000 cursive typewriter with the most beautiful – yet very strange and midcentury-looking – script typeface. In that time it has become my favorite office furnishing. Its condition is nearly mint, just like the color of its keys and knobs. Weighing in at just over 25 pounds, this was actually considered a portable, as opposed to office, typewriter. It took me awhile to get used to it because it has a number of features I’d never seen on a typewriter before, such as adjustable margin stops affixed to small springs and settings for changing the leading. On more than one occasion, I’ve had to refer to this original manual, which someone was kind enough to scan and post online in full.

Since Valentine’s is fast approaching, I brought her out (yes, it is a she) last night for some Valentine’s Day cards, but I was disappointed by how quickly I finished typing them. Once I get started, I never want to stop! So I chose to type out most of my favorite Virginia Woolf short story, The Evening Party (partially pictured in the first photo above) and found myself just typing away late into the night. It’s so relaxing to type without staring at a screen and being unable to delete or fix your mistakes. The sounds of the keys, the typebars striking the paper, and the bell at the end of every line are quite nice too.

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The Evening Party has been made free online through Google Books, so you can read it for yourself here.

{ Hermes Typeface Chart, a scan from the original user’s manual, via Retro Tech Geneva }

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my quest for a fashionable camera bag

31

Oct
2011

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In Design Love, Photography, Shopping

On 31, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Photography, Shopping |

On 31, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Photography, Shopping | By Molly

You really don’t hear “stylish” and “camera bag” in the same sentence too often and I can’t understand why. There are infinite options for beautiful laptop bags and iphone covers, so why not camera bags? After all, cameras have been around far longer and millions of people have them. I’ve recently been on a quest to find a good bag for my own Canon DSLR and all its accessories and have had more trouble than I thought I would. Some companies do make nice ones, but it’s taken a lot of research for me to find them. So far I’ve narrowed my search to the three bags above.

Have any of you come across nice camera bags? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

1. “The Brooklyn” by ONA, $309
2. “The Cameron Hobo” by Dre Hartmann, $200
3. “Kelly Boy Bag” in brown by Kelly Moore, $199

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glyphs to die for

15

Oct
2011

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In Design Love, Fonts

On 15, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Fonts |

On 15, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Fonts | By Molly

{ Glyphs from Paris, a new typeface by Moshik Nadav. Available for purchase here. }

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my love for letters

05

Oct
2011

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In Calligraphy, Design Love

On 05, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Design Love |

On 05, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Design Love | By Molly

{ Me with pen in hand at 18 months old }

When I tell people that I’m a calligrapher, they often act surprised. “A calligrapher?! You mean you write things out by hand?? How on earth did you ever start doing that?” Honestly, I am always surprised by their surprise. To me it seems the most natural path in the world for me and I sometimes can’t believe that I didn’t find calligraphy even earlier in my life.

From an extremely young age I remember being interested in the shapes of letters — why does “E” have only three horizontal lines and not six or eight or twelve? Why is “W” just an upside down “M”? Why do some lowercase letters look just like their uppercase counterparts, yet others look completely different? I remember feeling disappointed when my dad explained to me that the 26 letters in the alphabet song were actually the only letters in English. Expecting me to be amazed, he told me excitedly, “those 26 letters alone make up every word in our language!” But I was not amazed — why couldn’t there be more?

Then at some point I figured out that there were more. Infinitely more. All I had to do was write the letter in a new way and it became, in effect, a new letter with different qualities and applications. Since then, lettering — be it digital fonts or handwriting or stylized hand lettering — has always been important to me. When I doodle, I’ve always doodled letters. Learning cursive is the only thing I remember learning in second grade. I’ve always preferred snail mail to email. I was one of those students who cringed when teachers made me write my papers in Times New Roman. (I’m reminded of Jessica Hische’s fantastic “Evolution of Type Tastes” flow chart.)  It just wasn’t until I was already in art school for graphic design and realized that typography could shape a career, that I turned it from my hobby into my life’s work.

So when people act surprised that I make my living “writing things by hand,” experimenting with letterforms and designing logotypes, I suppose that more than anything it just makes me feel extremely lucky that I get to do exactly what I’ve always loved doing most.

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Roxanne Daner

30

Sep
2011

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In Design Love, Lettering, Stationery, Wedding

I am swooning over this gorgeous work by Los Angeles designer/illustrator Roxanne Danner. This Save the Date postcard was hand-painted in gouache and then screen printed. The distressing of the black paper is just brilliant, and I love that she used a pale yellow rather than straight white. Seeing work like this makes me want to hunch over my calligraphy desk all night creating fun designs. So inspiring!

Browse Roxanne’s other illustrations here and her blog here.

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The Museum of Obsolete Objects

20

Sep
2011

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In Design Love, Vintage

On 20, Sep 2011 | 2 Comments | In Design Love, Vintage |

On 20, Sep 2011 | 2 Comments | In Design Love, Vintage | By Molly

As a calligrapher and avid crafter I am naturally inclined to appreciate handmade products over their machine-manufactured equivalents. I also have a great respect for tools that are now obsolete because newer technology has replaced them. (You should see my desk — vintage stapler and scissors, typewriter, old mail weighing scale….) This YouTube channel, the Museum of Obsolete Objects, showcases just such objects with short vignettes about products that have been replaced but shouldn’t be forgotten. Of course one of my favorites is the quill pen, but all of them are great — floppy disk, rotary telephone, morse code, etc.

{ Visit the Museum of Obsolete Objects }

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signage love: apricot tree

15

Sep
2011

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In Design Love, Sign Love

On 15, Sep 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Sign Love |

On 15, Sep 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Sign Love | By Molly

I’ve been making the six-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco a lot recently. In addition to a much-needed break from my desk, it’s also a marvelous opportunity for sign spotting. The farm lands of central California have some amazing sign makers, from the road-side fruit stands to the rest stop restaurants. Here’s one I snapped on my last trip. I absolutely love the capital “A”, and how fun are those “r”s and “e”s?

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victor: a new addition to the family

31

Aug
2011

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In Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage

On 31, Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | In Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage |

On 31, Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | In Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage | By Molly

For a very long time I’ve been searching for the perfect vintage stapler. I love browsing the web looking at them in their various colors and designs. When I came across this midcentury, nearly-mint-condition, sea foam Victor from Olive & Frances, I knew it had to be mine. Sure, it was probably made thirty years before I was born, but it was still made for me. Just look at that etched metal hand press! I swoon. Stapling papers has never been so fun.

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peg & awl

15

Aug
2011

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In Design Love, Shopping

On 15, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Shopping |

On 15, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Shopping | By Molly

i am absolutely in love with these handmade chalkboards by peg & awl! i suddenly think my office space is in dire need of one….

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