Calligraphic inspiration and upside down Ns

Two calligraphy blogs to inspire your hand lettering and the strange phenomenon of the upside down N…

1. Calligraphica

If you’re into hand lettering and particularly calligraphy, there’s a new Tumblr you might like. It’s called calligraphi.ca. Go and take a look, in most cases the materials used are documented below the picture which makes it quite useful.

Calligraphi.ca

Calligraphi.ca

Calligraphi.ca

Calligraphi.ca

Calligraphi.ca

Calligraphi.ca

2. Calligraffiti

In the same vein, another blog of interest is Calligraffiti.nl documenting the work of Amsterdam based Niels Shoe Meulman.

Calligraffiti by Niels Shoe Meulman

Calligraffiti by Niels Shoe Meulman

Calligraffiti by Niels Shoe Meulman

Calligraffiti by Niels Shoe Meulman

Calligraffiti by Niels Shoe Meulman

Calligraffiti by Niels Shoe Meulman

3. Upside down N

And lastly something quirky: Meulman (mentioned above) has been documenting the incorrect use of serif Ns in signage around the world. In his own words:

From an early age on, I’ve noticed signs where an N with serif is placed upside down. This awareness is the first thing that triggered me to become a graphic artist.

To spot upside down N’s you must travel. Upside down serif N’s are everywhere. And nowhere.

For more examples of this phenomenon, check out upsidedownn.com, you are even invited to submit your own finds.

Upside down N

Upside down N

Upside down N

Upside down N

Upside down N

Upside down N

Chinese water calligraphy tricycle

No, you didn’t misread the title, it is as weird as it sounds. Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that “prints” Chinese characters on the sidewalk as he rides along…

No, you didn’t misread the title, it is as weird as it sounds. Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that “prints” Chinese characters on the sidewalk as he rides along. I wouldn’t call it calligraphy as such, but the idea stems from the tradition of older Chinese men painting characters on the ground of parks with long brushes and water.

The video from Jonah Kessel is dated September 2011, but I only discovered it now. Take a look:

Just Because: Tricycle Calligraphy 水书法器 on Vimeo.

Mysterious calligraphic album from the 1620s

These beautifully ornate calligraphic letterforms form part of an album entitled “Kalligraphische Schriftvorlagen” (calligraphic writing styles) produced by Johann Hering of Bavaria, Germany in the 1620s. Were they intended for educational use or simply practice sheets from Hering’s personal collection?

According to BiblyOdyssey, there is not much information available online about Johann Hering or his work as scribe, but what we do know is the majority of this writing is in German (with occasional Latin) and many of the pages contain texts from The Bible.

Aren’t these amazing?

Calligraphic letterforms by Johann Hering, 1620s

Calligraphic letterforms by Johann Hering, 1620s

Calligraphic letterforms by Johann Hering, 1620s

Calligraphic letterforms by Johann Hering, 1620s

Calligraphic letterforms by Johann Hering, 1620s

Calligraphic letterforms by Johann Hering, 1620s

Find out more on BibliOdyssey.

The beautiful calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

I just read the interview with Milan based designer Luca Barcellona in the debut issue of Codex (the cover of which features his work) and I am inspired by his philosophies and dedicated approach…

I just read the interview with Milan based designer Luca Barcellona in the debut issue of Codex (the cover of which features his work) and I am inspired by his philosophies and dedicated approach to his craft.

“Writing is strictly connected with the message it delivers. There is a writing style for every word or message you want to show.” – Luca Barcellona, Codex Issue 01

Luca enjoys practicing by illustrating words or phrases from music he finds personally meaningful. His skills have been called in by global brands such as Carhartt, Nike, Zoo York, Dolce&Gabbana, Sony BMG and Volvo, but what keeps him passionate is the never-ending quest for for new styles and mediums.

A few examples of Luca’s work from his Flickr:

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

The calligraphy of Luca Barcellona

See Luca Barcellona in action, creating the above piece. Absolutely mesmerising: