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Feb
2009

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Typography

By Lorraine

D.C. Inspiration: Typography

On 03, Feb 2009 | No Comments | In Inspiration, Typography | By Lorraine

I was surprised to find so much inspiration while walking around D.C. Honestly, I never really had much desire to visit the city aside from wanting to see the Smithsonians, but it really is quite charming. This is the second in a series of posts I’m writing for both here and Stickers and Donuts (the first was on the Pepsi Campaign). Between the reunion’s scheduled activities, sightseeing with friends, and visiting museums, there was a ton of Typography inspiration to be seen:

D.C. Type 2

One of the first places we visited when we had some down-time was the National Archives. I was struck by the beautiful calligraphy on many of the displayed documents.

  1. One of the copies of the Magna Carta was on display as a part of a special exhibition: though the photo is a little blurry, I thought even the sign for it was quite nice.
  2. A close-up of the script on the Magna Carta: I had a hard time prying myself away to get to the Rotunda.
  3. Script on the Constitution: I was a little dismayed to see how faded both it and the Declaration of Independence were.
  4. More script on the Consitution
  5. Typesetting on Response to the King’s Proclamation by the Continental Congress
  6. Hand-written script on letter written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  7. Hand-written script, although I couldn’t make out the title card in my photo

The last place I stopped at was The National Gallery of Art. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions, I was in such a hurry that I didn’t grab all of the title cards for each photo. I’ll update if I can decipher anything from my notes.

D.C. Type 1

  1. Altar piece
  2. Altar piece
  3. This is totally not from the National Gallery: it was a sign I saw on Adams Morgan while we were out one night, but I liked how the counters were filled in.
  4. Scroll on the back of Da Vinci’s Ginevera
  5. Latin along the bottom of a frame
  6. Latin along the bottom of a frame (a piece by Lippi?)
  7. Shield on an altar piece

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