Category Archives: Ornaments

Whirligig / Big Cheese

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till today.

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It’s been a great year. Happy new year.

By repeating and rotating relatively small elements Zuzana Licko created fascinating ornaments that look like you are viewing the world through a caleidoscope. Combine them into majestic decorative tapestries. The central icon comes from Big Cheese, a unique collection of clip art with implied levels of meaning but no real meaning – hopefully through usage the dingbats will start to have a meaning.

The Ornament Series was produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Ornament (from ParaType)

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Elvira Slysh’s collection of delicate and robust forms offer the typographer a finely graded palette for pattern work. The typeface is known simply as Ornament.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Liza Ornaments

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Underware’s magnificent interpretation of fine brush lettering marries calligraphy to commercial sign painting and vintage advertising scripts. Lovely ornaments let you embellish your declarations of love. From Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs, and Sami Kortemäki , this is Liza.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Baskerville Original

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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As far as we know, Baskerville never used ornaments, though as is noted in the introduction to Frantisek Storm’s Baskerville Original, his bookbinder did.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Caravan

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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During this series, we’ve leaned pretty heavily on William Addison Dwiggins, a self-named “black-and-white-smith.” Though he had a firm grasp on color theory, this one’s color palette is dedicated specifically to him, and what he could do with just black and white. The typeface is his own Caravan.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

FTN Gretel Dingbats

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Daniel and Sylvia Janssen team up to bring us this wonderful alphabet and dingbat series, FTN Gretel. Its edge texture reveals its crafty origins, namely, needlepoint, though this could also easily suggest cross-stitch or knitting. Make sure to look through the character set of the dingbat font for more charming forest creatures.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Acta Symbols

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Merry Christmas. This message was specially scheduled since we’re at home with our families today. We send our best wishes. Dino dos Santos’s Acta Symbols decorate the ground, while in the fore we return to Sibylle Hagmann’s fantastic Odile Ornaments.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Interstate Pi

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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It’s Christmas Eve. We celebrate with this little-known pictorial set that accompanies Tobias Frere-Jones’s Interstate. Three of the four styles in Interstate Pi are recreations of standard US road signs; The fourth, slightly more tongue in cheek.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Gothic Extras

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Ryoichi Tsunekawa’s careful recutting of several Hamilton wood ornaments captures the intricate Late Victorian / Craftsman-era feeling with great care. Did we mention it’s free?

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Odile Ornaments

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Inspired by a 1937 experimental design by W.A. Dwiggins, Sibylle Hagmann’s vibrant serif face includes a delightful Ornaments font. The Art Deco-style graphics perfectly harmonize with the weight and shape details of the letters.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Bronz

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Bronz’s blocky letter forms refer to both pre-Colombian culture and Art Deco. The Ornaments font comprises simple yet inventive dark shapes with blunt corners to create borders and rules.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Alana

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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On top of the countless decorative capitals, initial & final forms and alternates, this subtly textured fine brush script hosts a slew of curly rules, floral dingbats, birds and insects.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Pinterested: Ornaments

Pinterested: Ornaments

Here at the end of the year, we’re starting something new. Through the holidays, counting up to January 1, Yves Peters and David Sudweeks will be decorating this blog with ornaments – one per day. Check out our Pinterest board to follow along!

HaruNami

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Chiharu Tanaka’s HaruNami (“spring wave”) fuses Japanese ornamentation with the Roman alphabet. The Simple font is a functional Gothic sans; the three other styles – Decorative, Embellished and Ornate – progressively apply the wave motif to the capitals.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Iconics / Mac Dings

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Rian Hughes is as much an illustrator as he is a type designer. Iconics is his joyous interpretation of the trustworthy icon packs for typographically conveying simple concepts. The central icon is from Mac Dings, a humorous collection of (loosely) Mac-related dingbats.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

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