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Thursday, 9 December 2004
ACU-ARC Adjustable Ruler
Topic: Drawing instruments
I thought this was an old 1970:s ruler when I saw it on the Swedish auction site but they are still being manufactured by Hoyle Products Inc. in Southern California; "The ACU-ARC Adjustable Ruler takes over where the ordinary compass leaves off, eliminating the need for numerous beam compasses, and assorted railroad and highway curves. It is made of a rugged new plastic material that will not break with normal use."

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 11 December 2004 14:13 CET
Wednesday, 8 December 2004
DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics
Topic: Comics
Today I ordered this book by Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein.
"America's leading comic book publisher brings its superstar creators and classic characters to the fourth in an authoritative series of books on how to create comics. Acclaimed comic book illustrator Mark Chiarello and award-winning letterer Todd Klein demonstrate dozens of surefire strategies, practical techniques, and professional secrets for dynamic comic book coloring and lettering. They use DC's world-famous characters to demonstrate an array of techniques, covering such topics as the pros and cons of lettering by hand or by computer, creating balloons and fonts, logo designs, working with color, and creating special effects. The animated step-by-step instructions are informative, stimulating, and clear enough for even beginners to follow. In addition, every technique shown in this guide conforms to up-to-date industry standards. The perfect how-to on everything coloring and lettering, this one-stop sourcebook is packed with a wealth of tested techniques, practical advice, and professional secrets for the aspiring comic artist." (tags: : )

posted by niblog at 08:08 CET
Updated: Monday, 7 March 2005 00:34 CET
Tuesday, 7 December 2004
The Making of a Medieval Book
Topic: Calligraphy
The Making of a Medieval Book explores the materials and techniques used to create the lavishly illuminated manuscripts produced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The exhibition examines the four stages involved in the making of a medieval book: parchment making, writing, illumination, and binding. The Making of a Medieval Book is part of the Getty's "Making of" series, which explores the historical techniques behind various art forms. Getty Exhibitions

posted by niblog at 20:39 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 8 December 2004 21:19 CET
Monday, 6 December 2004
99 cool logtypes
Topic: Logos
The logo gallery is updated. 99 script lettering logos in color

posted by niblog at 01:28 CET
Updated: Monday, 30 January 2006 01:39 CET
Sunday, 5 December 2004
Mail art across the World 2005
Topic: Calligraphy
Calligraphy Mail Art project displaying beautifully written international mail art. Go to

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 8 December 2004 21:21 CET
Saturday, 4 December 2004
Esterbrook 1926
Topic: Nibs
Frank S. Van Hart went to work in the office of the Esterbrook Pen Manufacturing Company in Camden. This led him to a sales job that saw travel to 29 states and Cuba, and culminated with his rise to the position of General Manager. Read more on

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 8 December 2004 21:22 CET
Friday, 3 December 2004
Howard Hunt Pen Co. Pen Nib Wooden Box
Topic: Nibs
Here is a great looking nib box sold on eBay. (I am not bidding on it and I don't know the seller.) Auction ended 10. December 2004. Winning bid was US $60.00
eBay item #6136118785

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 10 December 2004 22:28 CET
Thursday, 2 December 2004
The ink corrosion website
Topic: Calligraphy
It is surprisingly easy to make iron gall ink - the earliest recipes are often the simplest - and the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available. Learn how to make ink on The ink corrosion website

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 8 December 2004 21:31 CET
Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Transport Font
Topic: Typography
The Transport font is the principal font used on British road signs. Available for download on


posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 17 March 2005 07:10 CET
Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Scott Stewart's Comic Art
Topic: Comics
Art by Scott Stewart, Jack Kirby pages and Comic Book Creator Links

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Monday, 29 November 2004
Quills Kill
Topic: Calligraphy
Quill Skill - Calligraphy by Denis Brown. Don't miss the Calligraphy Movie (Requires Flash player, version 6 or later)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 10 December 2004 19:29 CET
Sunday, 28 November 2004
Swedish Parliament Cursive
Topic: Calligraphy
Tysk kursiv i riksdagsprotokoll från 1600- och 1700-talen. German cursive used in documents from Riksdagen - The Swedish Parliament

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 10 December 2004 22:19 CET
Saturday, 27 November 2004
Ruling Pens (Reissfedern) by Gebrüder HAFF GmbH, Germany
Topic: Drawing instruments
Gebrüder HAFF was founded in 1835 for the manufacture of mathematical instruments. Today their drawing and mathematical instruments and planimeter are distributed worldwide. Check out the Ruling Pens

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Friday, 26 November 2004
How to use the Ames Lettering Guide
Topic: Drawing instruments
In 1917 Olson Manufacturing was established with the sole purpose of supplying the drafting industry with its patented Ames Lettering Guide, invented by OA Olson in Ames, Iowa. Learn how to use it on (pdf).
More about lettering in the Comic Book Lettering School

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 10 December 2004 22:11 CET
Thursday, 25 November 2004
Pelikan Graphos Cabinet
Topic: Nibs
Graphos Display Cabinet with 150 nib boxes (about 1400 nibs) sold on German eBay. Auction ended 5. December 2004. Winning bid was EUR 79.00 (approx. US $106.00) (I did not buy it and I don't know the seller.) eBay item #4945135316

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Wednesday, 24 November 2004
Snog Blog
Topic: Design
Snog Blog, Karen Huang's collection of links related to typography, design, writing, etc..., is always interesting. Here is an old post about calligraphy and lettering from September 2003.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Tuesday, 23 November 2004
Jan van den Velde
Topic: Calligraphy
Jan van den Velde (1568-1623) - one of the most important writing-masters in our history, because of his Spieghel der Schrijfkonste (Rotterdam, 1605). This is number 42 in the exhibition "A hundred highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek" National Library of the Netherlands

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 11 December 2004 23:34 CET
Monday, 22 November 2004
The Cartoonist
Topic: Design
Ralf Zeigermann's blog is great. New links all the time and cool stuff like the Corgi Toys 1969 catalog

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Sunday, 21 November 2004
Hand Lettering Basics
Topic: Hand Lettering: signs
Brush Lettering "During the early '20s to late '40s, books on showcard writing and hand lettering were fairly common. Unfortunately, the demand for hand lettering has lessened and finding good basic tutorials is difficult. The images in this section are from a 1942 book by C.R. Havighorst called Simplified Show Card Writing."

Learn the basics on The Original Letterheads Web Site (tag: )

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 18 March 2005 04:29 CET
Saturday, 20 November 2004
The Chocolate Wrappers Museum
Topic: Design
The Chocolate Wrappers Museum is a collection of scanned chocolate packaging from all over the world. For example this Swedish Marabou Chocolate bar from the 1970:s.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET

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