:: kinetic typography
BE STILL, MY HEART ♥
Artistic tributes to typography come in all shapes and sizes (and fonts). This one, by Glen Hansard, has got the flow…and a valuable message as well, on Staying Open—and the value in being aware of all that surrounds us.
:: I love type
Okay, I’ll admit it. For some reason, higher math has always escaped me. Which is why I often found myself practicing letterforms & doodles in the margins of my notebook back in high school. (My math skills may have suffered, but my handwriting was beautiful! ;) I was in love with type. I devoured books on typography, font samples, type nomenclature, and the evolution of the written (and printed) word. As early as the ninth grade, even my art teacher recognized my love of graphic forms & color and steered me towards the graphic arts program at our school. “Why don’t you give it a try?” she asked. “I think you’ll like it.” And so I did. (Thanks Mrs. Lindsay!)
The Graphic Arts instructor, Mr. Markowitz, also noticed my love for graphics and type. He encouraged me to take on extra projects over the next few years, and ultimately suggested that I pursue a career in the Graphic Arts. The rest, as they say, is history….
Some thirty-odd years later (yikes!), I’m still awed by coming across a beautifully executed typeface; mystified by the secrets of ancient petroglyphs; intrigued by the friezes on Mayan ruins and the hieroglyphs of the Great Pyramids; and dazzled by the calligraphy of an ancient scribe. All over the world and throughout time—from prehistoric cave drawings made in the earliest days of man to the eye-popping webfonts of the 21st century—forms of written communication continue to evolve and intrigue us. And it’s all out there just waiting to be discovered, shared, appreciated, understood.
Yep, I love type. It’s a lifelong passion for sure.