All things alphabetical - dead words and more

Rolfe and I have been looking at text and typefaces recently ahead of putting together some text-based designs for Christmas 2012 (watch this space). With this in mind I thought I'd share some beautiful alphabets and typographical objects that I've come across in the last week or so. Dead words

http://deadwords.info/ is a project by Karen To and memorialises 'dead words' which are no longer in a standard English dictionary. It's possible to contribute a new typeface to the site with a list of words to choose from. Here are some of my favourites. I might start using them in a bid to get them back in the dictionary. I'm definitely a little pamphageous, and am prone to uglyopgraphy and gaudiloquence!

Pamphagous

Pamphagous (pam-fuh-gu),adj 1702-1702.  eating everything; all consuming.

Uglyopgraphy

Uglyopgraphy (uhg-lee-pog-ruh-ree), n. 1804 -1834; used by Southey. Bad handwriting

Gaudiloquent

Gaudiloquent (goh-DIL-uh-kwuhnt), adj. 1656-1727; speaking joyfully or on joyful matters

I want one!

I love a board game. If it was up to me I'd live in the 1950s and it would be a prime source of entertainment. I especially love Scrabble. I also love wood. And typefaces. On this basis, this limited edition Typography edition of Scrabble by Andrew Capener is right up my street. You can pre-order one here, and at $199 it doesn't seem bad value for something so lovely (just look at the cabinet it is stowed in!) ... but they'll only accept orders from the USA which was a big disappointment when I was in such a click-happy frivolous purchasing mood.

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And I love these ceramic tiles by Rory Dobner in all their intricacy.

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I'm struck down with indecision when it comes to deciding what to spell out, but he's done numbers too so maybe I'll get my house number and adorn my entrance hall.

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And finally...

Look what I picked up at a recent antiques fair - a lovely King Penguin from 1950 and a cover that begs to be framed, or at least strategically placed on a shelf.Image

[Bloomfield - Leeds, 17/04/2012]