Early Venetian Printing Illustrated

Have always enjoyed the typography and art found in early illuminated manuscripts. Something about the line work and ornate letter forms really appeals to me.

Browsing around some typography websites the other day I came across mention of a book titled, Early Venetian Printing. It’s apparently extremely rare, but the Internet Archive has both scanned copies (in PDF format) and an online version for viewing.

A collection of facsimile illustrations of pages from early printed books, initials, borders, title-pages, printers’ marks, art bindings, etc., with short introductions by Carlo Castellani (p. 9-[20]) on Venetian printing, printers’ marks, water-marks and music printing; also a note on bindings (p. 217-218)

Think I might have found inspiration for future tattoo work… if I can only draw in cat heads for all the figures.

Designers are in a constant process of weighing each decision against previous ones, against common conventions and against the user’s goals in order to create an interface, a product or a service that is clear in all its meaning and function. There is no denying the difficulty in this process. There is a delicate balance between the simplicity of use and the complexity of usefulness. But it is true the product that is clear in its purpose, elegant in its execution and simple in its use will set itself apart from the competition and endear itself to the user.

(via Joshua Brewer)

Funny how the words make it pop or sizzle are absent from this quote…