Handstyles, mid to low

By: Matthew Battles
May 11, 2010


Hermann Zapf was a type designer (we have him to thank for Palatino and Optima), a pioneering computer typographer, and a master calligrapher. Here he gives his imprimatur to Hallmark, demonstrating his inventive, fluid lettering style for a film produced by the greeting card company in 1967.

The Art of Hermann Zapf from Johnny Dib on Vimeo.

Calligraphy may seem an atavistic pursuit. But its energies are alive in the work of graffiti artists, whose tags and handstyles evoke the scribal arts of old — as seen in this YouTube advertisement for ArtPrimo graffiti supplies, where a tag gets the calligraphic treatment.

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