Category Archives: Typography

James Cook Artwork

James Cook is an architecture student who creates typewriter art.  He purchased his first typewriter from an elderly couple  and after a few squirts of WD40 turned the instrument into a portrait-generating machine. Five years later he owns half-a-dozen typewriters and has been able to sell his artwork. On an article in Daily Mail he says this about his work:

“It’s quite labour intensive but I enjoy it. It’s using an obsolete piece of technology to create something nice. I usually start in the middle of the paper and work my way out.”

“I use specific characters and letters to do certain jobs. For example, full stops, underscores and forward slashes are good for straight lines, and brackets, Os and zeros good for curves.”

“The @ symbol is ideal for shading. But I also build them all up, two or three characters on top of each other, to create the depth.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of James Cook Artwork.

El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) 1890–1941


El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) was a Russian born artist, designer, typographer, photographer and architect. The avant-garde artist left behind him a profound impact on the world of art and design.  His visual concepts were considered a breakthrough and helped to shape graphic design as we know it today.  Here are a few of his design philosophies:

“The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush.  This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which already existing in the world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people.”

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”

“We believe that the elements in the chemical formula of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age.”


Images:  Courtesy of various sources.


Elsie Svennas

First found this type style on blog site of our favorite stationer, Present and Correct.  They are embroidery type designs found in the book, “A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers” by Swedish author, Elsie Svennas.  There is very little information on the author other than the fact that she has written a few books on stitching, quilting and macrame.  A PDF of the alphabet and the book can be downloaded here at Academia.