By Gerrit Noordzij

This iconoclastic choice of essays on typography, writing and lifestyles is the paintings of Gerrit Noordzij, a grasp calligrapher and instructor of lettering and sort layout on the Hague. Letterletter opens up complete new views on not only the area of letterforms yet at the global and the written be aware, generally. sometimes cranky, continuously well-written and insightful, Letterletter is a useful layout device and, extra importantly, a natural excitement to learn. As Noordzij notes, "Its loss of dignity, authority and tolerance couldn't hinder Letterletter from changing into a creditors item."

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Altogether there have been fif- ber one was once a unmarried sheet, folded to offer 4 textual content pages. teenager numbered matters released over twelve years, from web page 1 and a few of web page four have been dedicated to logistical and I 1984 to 1996. For a time the little magazine was once vaguely administrative info and the definition of phrases. within the • • • • • VIII • • - LETTERLETTER • heart pages there has been additional info at the than a e-book gave the writer freedom to aim out principles and constitution and nature of letterforms than such a lot profes- galvanize conversations and arguments, which he did with sional typographers then operating had ever noticeable of their nice savor his singular Dutch English. changing lives. Republication in publication shape was once so as, in order that the magazine right into a ebook has inevitably concerned a few Noordzij's typographic intelligence may possibly succeed in a bigger enhancing, yet i feel the unique style has been fortunately viewers and one other new release of designers. maintained. In factor 7, Noordzij confessed his target: he the person concerns carried many alternative subtitles. sought after what he wrote to be ccalmost as unimaginable because the certainly one of my favorites was once written via hand on the head of fact. " And in factor eight, he admitted what solid readers al- factor 6. It stated ''The magazine of typographic metaphysics. " prepared knew:'' Letterletter isn't to be believed; it's only to yet Letterletter was once additionally the magazine of typographic be taken heavily. " anatomy, typographic optics, and typographic geometry. in fact I occasionally disagree with him strongly my- Like many a Renaissance dialog, it was once involved self. I belief that you're going to too. yet I regard it as a privilege • . in equivalent components with the technology of paintings and the paintings of sci- (and locate it a superb non secular workout) to argue with a ence, and continually with the easiest, so much sturdy of ques- instructor who pounces on his topic with such ardour, tions: What exists, and why? Writing a bulletin quite such intelligence, such glee. -Robert Bringhurst • • • • • • lX • • - - THE principles OF the sport o t ' • Letterletter? Idonotandihope mography as i would like to name it, doesn't require extraordi- you do not both. there's adequate nonsense in nary genius in a time while the normal boundaries of Letterletter that can assist you to be a severe reader. metal punches, brass matrices and leaden varieties which sep- even though, i don't write my nonsense deliberately, I simply arated variety creation from handwriting and lettering write down my innovations. they appear super smart were outdated through a brand new expertise. Any form to me whilst new and it is just afterwards that i need to can instantly be used as style as soon as its outlines have you suspect admit their untenability. Letterletter isn't really to be believed, been expressed in coordinates. • • it's only to be taken heavily. the intense factor is the outline of writing. Typog- • regardless of its allure the situation of basic validity can't be permitted simply since it may sweep away • raphy, inscriptions and handwriting are patently dif- the well-established authority of an enormous literature of clas- ferent.

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