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Curiosities: Examples of Penmanship & Typography from the BHL

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A consortium of botanical and natural history libraries, the Biodiviersity Heritage Library is working towards digitizing their collections of public domain journals and books. It is an endless resource of images and information that can be used freely, depending on its copyright status. Delving through the collection led to an unexpected discovery of many beautiful examples of penmanship and typography.

※ The images above were edited for DC, originals are below.

Purple Magnolia
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Flabellatus
Gemellata
Vesicatoria
Xyridaceae
Penguin
Der Penguin
Le Penguin

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Wild Sweet Pea
Field Museum
The Sea
The Goosebeek’d Whale
Dahlias
Pigeon Blondinette Noir
Noir Pigeon Satinette

Design Curiosities: Book Covers by Daniel Benneworth-Gray

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I love it when designers focus, but Daniel Benneworth-Gray is honing an aesthetic that really inspires me. He has figured out how to imbue the most minimalist of compositions with warmth and surprise. In addition to his prolific book cover output, he also writes regularly for Creative Review and his own newsletter, Meanwhile.

Design Curiosities: ETC for Sightglass Coffee

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Everything Type Company (ETC) has been working with San Francisco-based independent coffee company, Sightglass, for some time now. The results of this creative partnership speak for themselves.

Design Curiosities: A Friend Of Mine for Bibelot

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Bibelot is a european-inspired dessert boutique. Located in South Melbourne, it is the latest venture by Chez Dré owners Andrea (Dre) Reiss and Stephen Sam. Design studio A friend of Mine developed the identity and collaborated with both Breathe Architecture and a mosaic artist to create Bibelot’s custom signage.

Design Curiosities: BVD for Vitra

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BVD is one of Scandinavia’s leading design and branding agencies. They recently teamed up with Vitra to develop the Swiss furniture company’s 2016 pack­aging suite. Odds are you’ve encountered Vitra’s work before (although it was most likely unpackaged)—their line includes classic works by design legends Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Alexander Girard, Jean Prouvé, and Jasper Morrison.