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Friday
Jun152012

Font Love, Vol. XXXII: History of the Ampersand

Happy Friday friends! We've made it through the week. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Before the weekend hits, I'd like to share a little history lesson. It's a fun history lesson (I promise) and it involves a favorite typographic character: the ampersand. I randomly came across the &'s history online and it was so interesting that I couldn't resist making a Font Friday post out of it. Do you know how the & came to be?

The character was not originally called an ampersand. In Roman script it was a representation of et. Et means 'and' in Latin and when the two letters were written in cursive, they linked together to form a shape similar to the & we use today.

The two ampersands on the right really hint at the et origin of the character.

The & shape was actually a part of the alphabet in the early 1800s. Upon reciting the alphabet, one would conclude with, "...X, Y, Z, and per se and." Per se means by itself so it was like saying, "...X, Y, Z, and by itself and." Clearly over time, 'and per se' morphed into the word ampersand we use today.

Super interesting right? Did anyone know this history already? I think I remember hearing about the Latin et but I had no idea the ampersand was actually included in the alphabet for awhile. Fascinating!

Ampersand history by The Hot Word from Dictionary.com.

If you want to see some font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Cécile ♥ My Paper Lounge

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Happy weekend!

Friday
Jun012012

Font Love, Vol. XXXI: Geotica 2012

Happy Friday everyone! I haven't shared a Font Friday favorite here in awhile and I came across this nifty display typeface this morning so I thought today would be perfect opportunity. Geotica is a beautiful font by exljbris, the foundry by designer Jos Buivenga, which is also responsible for Museo and Anivers. Geotica comes with all kinds of beautiful variations, the design possibilities are really endless. Geotica is not a free font but the designer created one version that is: Geotica 2012.

I love the decoration of it and the Art Deco flair. I feel like 1920s styling will be big this year with the new Great Gatsby movie coming out later in 2012. Have you seen the trailer yet? It looks like it will be visually stunning but the story is definitely a depressing one. But I am looking forward to seeing a lot more of the Deco design influence. How about you?

image from exljbris

What are your plans for this lovely weekend? I am going to try and stay cool. It is starting to feel like summer here and I must admit I'm not quite ready for it. I wish spring would linger a little longer in Southern California. Have a great Friday!

Friday
Apr202012

Font Love, Vol. XXX: Jacques and Gilles

Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited for today's post because I have found one of the most lovely fonts to grace my computer screen + be available for download + be reasonably priced. I wasn't even planning on a Font Love post today but this news was too good to pass up and I just had to share it. If anyone is DIY-ing their wedding invitations soon, this font would be a great alternative to paying for custom calligraphy. So let me introduce you to Jacques and Gilles... 

Are you impressed? Did your heart skip a beat like mine did?! Jacques and Gilles is the latest from calligraphy pro Emily Conners of Emily Lime Design. Miss Emily is responsible for other personal favorites like Carolyna and Peoni. The curls and swashes are always so romantic and feminine but I love the modern take on hand-lettering with this new one. And like all of Emily's fonts, Jacques and Gilles looks so custom.

Emily describes her new font as having a "split personality." She says, "Jacques’ persona comes to life when typing in all lowercase letters. And Gilles’ when using all uppercase." And then of course you can use them together so there are all kinds of possibilities here. I have already had a little fun with J&G but am looking forward to exploring all the 300+ glyphs this weekend.

And now for the exciting news! Jacques and Gilles will normally be priced at $34 (still well worth it in my opinion) but since it's a new release, you can get it for only $17 until May 7th. Hard to pass up 50% off isn't it?

So have you fallen in love with this font yet? I might sound a bit obsessed but I can't stop staring. I want to write it all over everything. It is my new favorite thing. 

If you want to see more font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Cécile ♥ My Paper Lounge

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? My aunt is out visiting so I've been catching up with her and enjoying family time. Just more of that planned for me. I wish you all lovely weekends!

Wednesday
Jul202011

Renegade Business Cards

Hi friends!  I'm sorry to say that posting will be a little short and sweet this week.  In just a couple of days I am headed out to Santa Barbara for a bachelorette party.  And then at the end of next week I leave for the East Coast for a wedding in Vermont, family in Connecticut, and friends in NYC!  I'm super excited about both of these jaunts but in this last week and a half I am trying to cram a bunch of different projects and finish an Etsy order.  I have a lot to do but vacationing and seeing friends and family will make all the hard work worth it.  

Today I wanted to share a few pictures of some of the business cards I collected at Renegade.  Picking up the cards from the different vendors is almost as fun as buying the artist's work...almost.  There was a lot more I wish I could have bought on Saturday but after doing enough damage to my bank account, I finally had to say "enough!"  I take cards from the booths that I like so that I can revisit their work later on when I have more disposable income.  Also some of them are like mini pieces of art so it is fun to start a collection.  Here are some favorites:

1. Noteify 

2. Made By L'Moore {and blog}

3. Small Adventure {and blog}

4. Kattuna {and blog}

5. Uppercase Magazine

6. Arcane Arts

7. Paper & Type

8. Upper Metal Class

9. Ryan Berkley Illustration {and blog}

10. Casa Murriguez

11. Lulu Dee

12. Alternate Histories {and blog}

Happy Wednesday!

Friday
Feb182011

Font Love, Vol. V

Happy Friday Friends!

I am having a lovely day!  I hope I'm not the only one.  If you're having a bummer day than keep in mind that it's Friday and the weekend is soon upon you.  And maybe this Font Love post will help cheer you up.  Today I have another free option which will also work great for you vintage lovers out there.  Do you like old typewriters?  Of course you do so be sure to add this baby to your arsenal : 1942 Report!

Must I explain more?  This free font looks like it came straight from a vintage typewriter so you can achieve the look while still using a much more convenient computer.  This type would be perfect for the DIY bride who is wanting to incorporate vintage themes into her decor.  I used the font in my own work recently for library card inspired save the dates:

Considering it is free, I really love all of the detail in this font.  Certain letters actually look like there has been ink splatter or like one of the typewriter keys is out of alignment.  These little things make the font look more realistic and would definitely convince your guests that you had stayed up for days typing each card out on an old typewriter.  

So what do you think of this freebie?  I think it's definitely a nice Friday treat!

Want more font goodness?  Our little movement gained a new font friend today and you must see the awesome first pick (also a freebie).  Head on over to Hank + Hunt to see what Jenny chose and make sure you check out the rest of the Hank + Hunt blog and Etsy shop...it's seriously overflowing with craftiness.  Elizabeth and Jenna of Little Bit Heart also showcased a great new font today (also a freebie).  I'm seriously in love with this one...a lot of vintage charm.  They also paired the font with a picture, something that inspired me to do the same today...thanks for the idea ladies!  Kerry of Super Swoon shared a great pick with us on Tuesday so don't miss that one or the rest of her fabulous Tuesday Type posts.  And let's not forget our other friends who have shared favorites: The Knotty Bride, Aerialist Press, and Bubblerock.  I'd highly recommend looking at the rest of these blogs too, not just their font posts.  This is one talented group! 

typewriter image: Flickr via Pinterest

save the date image : me!