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


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


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.


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


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.


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]