Category Archives: Typography

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.

Sabeena Karnik

Sabeena Karnik is an artist and graphic designer living in Mumbai, India.  She is internationally known for her quilled illustrations and typography.  She has mastered the art of quilling, rolling paper into coils, pinching them into shapes and gluing them to create decorative designs.  On Verve Magazine she say this about her art:  

“I am not aware of anyone else doing it as a full-time profession in India. When you think of creating with paper, it’s always considered to be for gifts. Quilling is something that you learn in a hobby class; no one really thought of taking it to the next level. I wanted to break that barrier.”

More of her work can be seen on Behance, Facebook and Instagram.  She has a small shop here on Big Cartel.

Images:  Courtesy of Sabeena Karnik.