Being a printing type (no pun intended: that was my profession), I’ve browsed the library reference section and found a couple of things: a bit about Martin Hardie (the artist my parent’s road is named after (I’ve sent them the info)) and a huge section (well, a bookcase) on printing: typefaces, processes, colours; I’m in Heaven.
I’m currently leafing through An Encyclopaedia of Typefaces, by W. Turner Berry (Librarian; The Saint Bride Institute) and A. F. Johnson of The British Museum. Fascinating stuff.
To illustrate the letters, descenders and so on, each font is represented by a different sentence; some of which would make make great titles for stories. For example:
“Printing is the art preservative”: Iris (that’s the typeface name);
“General Electric Syracuse”: Forum;
“Rotations Machine”: Graphic;
“Certain Personal Matters”: Holla;
“The rotation is continuous and the bottom part touches the color”: Juvento / Muriel;
(Love that one!)
“In desparation for a great drive, to stimulate interest”: Mayfair Cursive;
“Bohemian architecture exhibited. Many homes of unusual designs are to be constructed”: Verona;
“Beautiful nylon lingerie”: Verona (again);
“Greater appeal with strong dignity”: Radiant;
“Hotel Scribecanp”: Graphique;
“Fine old table wine”: Plastica;
“Metropol cinema”: Borgund.
Lots of ideas and inspiration.
In other news, I’ve been told that my former housemate at Gilbert House insn’t a murderer. He’s still at large (and very large) but didn’t actually serve time for that crime.