typography

Art + Botany: 19th-Century Typography

September 09, 2011
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Botanic motifs flourished in Victorian design, and typography was no exception. Ornate filigree details and calligraphic embellishments were often designed as stylized flowers, leaves, and even trees, around the alphabet characters. 

Art + Botany: Stefan Sagmeister's Botanic Typography

May 13, 2011
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Stefan Sagmeister's aesthetic approach is often considered more punk rock than anything else. The graphic designer is known for underscoring beauty with a brash dissonance—he once designed a lecture poster with letters carved into his chest with a knife. However shocking, his style is versatile; he's also a poet, an inventor, and, literally, a landscape designer and botanic artist. The message is in the medium, and sometimes the only appropriate medium is floral.

Art + Botany: An Illustrator's Plant Alphabet

February 10, 2011
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On the language of botany, I imagine many plants would gladly elaborate if they could.  Though they lack a traditional (or human) grammatical structure, plants do have a language. They exchange nouns and verbs for colors and shapes, a visual code by which they variously attract, repel, and generally speak to an audience that includes pollinators, each other, and us.