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Recently I came across a good selection of quotes on typography and words some of them are pretty interesting … Check them out below.
- “The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning!”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
- “The Germans have a saying that you have to be on fire yourself to light one.
Many designers are driven by a special kind of dedication, both professionally
and personally. In addition to craft and creativity, bringing passion to the job
is the key to success. Passion gives us the power to act.
It is the foundation of change and of progress. ” – TYPO Berlin
- “For me, typography is a triangular relationship between design idea, typographic elements, and printing technique.” – Wolfgang Weingart (1941-)
- “Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs to be felt. Typography needs to be experiences. ” – Helmut Schmid, “Typography Today”, Idea mag.
The first proposal of designing letters on a Macintosh computer Hermann Zapf received as a gift from Steve Jobs, Apple Computer Corporation, Copertino, California in 1984.
- “I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I’m not afraid of falling into my inkpot. ” – Jean Larcher
- “If this is calligraphy, then it is calligraphy without precedent. ” – Brody Neuenschwander
- “If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools ; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page … When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.” – Adrian Frutiger
- “Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.” – El Lizzitsky
- “Lettering is a precise art and strictly subject to tradition. The ‘New Art’ notion that you can make letters whatever shapes you like, is as foolish as the notion, if anyone has such a notion, that you can make houses any shapes you like. You can`t, unless you live all by yourself on a desert island.” – Stanley Morison (1889-1967)
- “There is nothing simple or dull in achieving the transparent page. Vulgar ostentation is twice as easy as discipline. When you realize that ugly typography never effaces itself, you will be able to capture beauty as the wise men capture happiness by aiming at something else. ” – Beatrice Warde (1900-1969), “The Cristal Goblet”