I already have some ideas of what I think would be great additions / changes, but I want to know what you think about it, too!
That is what this journal is for To share my ideas and to hear your ideas!
Calligraphy, Typographic Stencil & Miscellaneous are a good base for a gallery, but in my opinion they do not adequately display the wide range of Traditional Typography.
The range of what you can see in Typography created by Traditional (aka non-digital) means is vast and amazing. There is so much more than the 2 galleries that exist at the moment. Especially with the Stencil gallery, I was always amazed by the fact that it even exists (and disgusted by the amount of miscats, obviously).
That said, there are not many works that qualify as Typographic Stencil. Therefore a lot of submissions have to be placed into Miscellaneous. And I think we all agree, that posting into Miscellaneous makes you feel sort of incomplete
To better illustrate the ideas I had so far, I shall do so by using some examples
These are all ideas for possible categories, which could be added to the current gallery tree. Either on their own or as sub-categories to existing ones. [In alphabetical order]
These are comparable with Digital Art > Typography > Text-based Imagery. But they are done traditionally and are usually part of Calligraphy. Maybe they don't need their own gallery at all.
Typographic lettering applied to a chalkboard using chalk of one or more colors. This is usually found in front of restaurants, but more and more artists specialize in this kind of typography. The charm of these works is their temporary character, as a rain or a swipe can destroy them so easily. Obviously these kind could also be drawn on pavement or walls, so maybe "Chalk" would be a better term. But then again, it could be a Drawing as well. Discuss!
This is pretty much like old-school gangster movie blackmail letters Using a variety of printed materials a new artwork is created. Cutting, arranging and gluing
You will see that Typography can be both Drawings and Paintings. Drawings, in this case, are recognizable by the materials used to create them: Pencil, Pen, Ink, Chalk, Graphite, Crayon, Pastels, …
Font / Typeface Design
Similar to what I said about Logo, this would be about sketches and drawings of typefaces before they are turned into usable font files digitally. This could also work as a place for typedesigns made from various materials.
Usually works like this would come in the form of an alphabet.
This is a sort of generic term. While browsing and looking for examples I found a lot of Tattoo Art. That said, Lettering most often refers to a type treatment that only covers one or several words. A bit like Logo Design, but usually it does not stand for a company, but more often for a person's name or similar personal illustrations. Calligraphy may actually be a part of this, but then again most of the categories in this list could be called Lettering.
Lettering can also refer to the Art of Lettering Comics. Before the Digital Age (and way into it) there actually was the job of drawing the text into speech bubbles. For anyone familiar with the process of this, you also know that a comic book can be split up into many parts: Lineart, Coloring, Lettering…
Sketches, scribbles or final drafts of Logo designs, before they are redrawn in vector.
Same thing as with Drawings. Paintings are defined by the materials, such as: Oil, Watercolors, Acryl, Tempera, …
This Art or Craft can easily be described best as Classical Handwriting. Especially in the Middle Ages and way up into the 18th century most people were illiterates. The Craft of Penmanship was required for them to set up documents such as contracts or letters.
The kind of Handwriting used in Penmanship is a very delicate and well trained technique. It requires precision and focus, as the writing needs to be perfect.
Sculpture / Craft
Basically this is 3D Typography, using our actual 3 dimensions
From the Traditional Art > Sculpture gallery description:
Sculptures of 3D art using materials including marble, wood, bronze casting, metal works, stone, clay, plaster or even paper-mache.
The original ASCII art: much like Calligrams single keys are arranged in a way to form a visual image. A similar category already exists in Digital Art > Typography > Text-based Imagery. You only use a typewriter and a piece of paper.
What about galleries that already exist elsewhere?
Immediately to my mind springs Graffiti, Printing and Logos. Those can all contain Typography. I guess it is most wise to leave them where they are As for Logos, a Traditional gallery with sketches and versions may not be a concurrence to the Design & Interfaces > Logos & Logotypes category. Especially as Logos, which are submitted to D&I, are vectors or at least final versions of it. Obviously this would only be for Logos that are of a typographical nature
Is there any kinda Traditional Typography I missed?
Can you show me one of your works, that did not fit into the current Traditional Typography gallery?
How would you sort the gallery? Have all categories next to each other or create a hierarchy?
Should it be sorted after medium, technique, style or purpose? Or just a mix of all, if that makes sense…
Let me know what you think
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