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A Book of Contemporary Inspiration

Denise Lach


A sourcebook of calligraphic design, using patterns from nature as a point of departure


The creative design potential of calligraphy is almost limitless. It can be a very personal pathway to explore an enormous array of sophisticated visual concepts. In this striking and original book, images from nature are transformed into a rich source of inspiration for calligraphic compositions: this is not a technical how-to-guide, but an incitement to reinterpret our surroundings in infinitely varied lettering.

Renowned calligrapher Denise Lach invites us to look closely at details and textures, expanding our powers of observation and finding ideas in the world around us. Using a range of writing tools and techniques, she takes a playful approach to written script, encouraging readers to look beyond legibility and use letterforms as building blocks, freely interpreting natural motifs to create beautiful calligraphic images. This is an invaluable sourcebook for both enthusiastic beginners and experienced calligraphers who wish to let their imaginations run free.

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'Playful experimental calligraphy … urges readers to look beyond legibility and use letterforms as building blocks to interpret natural motifs'
Design Week

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 26.0 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 259

Publication date: 23 September 2013

ISBN: 9780500291214

Contents List

Foreword • Introduction • Springs • Drawing Feathers • Cola Pens Pipes • Stamps • Tools • Further Tools and Techniques • Pens and Ink

About the Author

Denise Lach teaches serigraphy and conceptual writing at the Basel School of Design, Switzerland, and has held teaching posts all over the world. Her works are shown internationally.

Adrian Frutiger (1928 – 2015) was a Swiss typeface designer who influenced the direction of type design in the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. His career spanned the hot metal, phototypesetting and digital typesetting eras.

List of Contributors

Adrian Frutiger

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