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Rolling Pen Font

Rolling Pen Font

After doing this for so many years, one would think my fascination with the old writing history would have mellowed out by now. The truth is that alongside being a calligraphy history buff, I’m a pop technology freak. Maybe even keener on the tech thing since I can’t seem to get enough new gadgets. And after working with type technologies for so many years, I’m starting to think that writing and design technologies as we now know them, being about 2.5 post-computer generations, keep becoming more and more detached from what the very old humanity arts/tasks they essentially want to facilitate.

In a world where command-z is a frequently used key combination, it’s difficult to justify expecting a Morris-made book or a Zaner-drawn sentence, but accidental artistic “mutations” become welcome, marketable features. When fluid pens were introduced, their liquid saturation influenced type design to a great extent almost overnight. An influence professional designers tend to play down. Now, round stroke endings are a common sight, and the saturation is so clean and measured, unlike any liquid-paper relationship possible in reality. Some designers even illustrated their work by overlaying perfect circles at stroke ends to demonstrate how “geometric” their work was. Because if it’s measured with precise geometry, it’s got to be a meaningful design.

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