Sometimes a quote or poem is just so beautiful that it stands on it’s own. No need for companion illustrations or more explanation—just purposeful design is needed to enhance it meaning, letting the words speak for themselves. This can be accomplished with different sizes, colors, styles, placement, or a combination of these.
a Martin Luther King Jr. quote
While reading excerpts from Why We Can’t Wait, I came across this quote. “Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.”
The main words were shown importance with a red brush Italic, while the subdominant words were written with pencil in a simple Spencerian handwriting.
a Vladimir Horowitz quote
Katherine sent me this quote her mother had always found inspiring. It meant so much to her that she wanted an art piece with it to hang in beside a personal black and white photo.
This quote has great rhythm to it. I wanted to combine delicate Spencerian Script with the bolder Engrosser’s Script to emphasis that rhythm as well as calling attention to the important parts of the quote. When it is the words and their meaning that are important in a piece, the calligraphy should not distract from them, but rather enhance them.
an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem
Edna St. Vincent Millay always seems like she is writing today not the early 20th century. This poem is a break-up with a previous lover. I imagine it as an argument where she starts of letting him down sweetly, but he won’t take no as an answer and she has to make herself more emphatic and louder to be heard.
To show this visually within the calligraphy, I started with a simple Spencerian script with emphasized words in the same-sized, but bolder Engrosser’s script. As the conversation gets more intense, the baseline stays consistent. The words, however, get bolder and and larger until they are running into each other and overlapping, trying to take up as much space as possible to be heard visually.
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