Calligraphy Is Encouraged By?

calligraphy is encouraged by?

Typeface designs for the letters E and F

A short history of calligraphy and typography

Article written by:

Ewan Clayton


People and writing, The art and design of writing

Explore how the design of letterforms has evolved over time and across the world.

Calligraphy versus typography

Writing can be a form of art: a playground for human invention, ingenuity and skill. This applies both to writing by hand (calligraphy) and to letters and characters designed in printed or digital form (typography). As calligraphy is a gestural art, it incorporates more variation in form than typographic writing which is made mechanically and often within narrow technical constraints.

If we picture this on a sliding scale, on one end is typography, where legibility is primary (e.g. notices on a motorway sign or someone’s name on a form), and down at the other end is calligraphy – writing that is produced primarily for its decorative or expressive qualities – where legibility is less important (e.g. architectural friezes, lettering in paintings or the ornamental lettering engraved on a banknote).

But all letters and characters – handwritten or typographic in form – have been ‘designed’ by someone, and are a means of artistic expression.

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