• Exercise II – Printer’s Mark • Colophon

Hand Assembled & Digitally Rendered Printer’s Mark • Colophon:

(Kolophōn) Greek for ‘summit, peak, finishing touch,’ an identifying mark, emblem or device used by a printer or publisher – Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Printers_Marks

Design a hand drafted, scanned and also digitally rendered insignia that incorporates the previous letterform (from Exercise I).

Colophons

Research Designers/Printers: Nicolas Jenson, Geoffroy Tory, Simon de Colines… brief timelines/outlines found in texts such as, Typographic Design, Form and Communication, by Rob Carter, Ben Day and Philip B. Meggs, A History of Graphic Design, by Philip B. Meggs, and A Typographic Workbook, A Primer to History, Techniques, and Artistry, may be of interest. Visit: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25663/25663-h/25663-h.htm

JohnNack_HistoryOfType_AnimatedShort

( For Animation Above > ) Visit: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/category/typography

Size: each 14×11” bristol board and/or 8 1/2×11″ acid free paper.

Medium: pencil sketch/sketches + final draft in black/sepia ink, acrylic or gouache.

Scan and polish (InDesign + Photoshop + Illustrator) as a digital rendering at 300ppi/300dpi resolution/output. Preliminary Critique: discuss progress on printer’s mark/colophon at the beginning of next week’s class.

Optional: Ex-Libris (Potential) of the Colophon (Expand your Portfolio):

Taken a step further: the Printer’s Mark  Colophon is typically found on the ‘spine’ of book jackets (*See Project II, where the Colophon will make a reappearance), and can be equally incorporated into a re-design for the book’s ‘Ex-Libris’ (or ‘Bookplate’), as found on the inside of the front cover. Usually an Ex-Libris custom designed for a client/collector is specifically named for that individual (or family), and will often read “This Book from the Collection of: ____________”, or “This Book Stolen from: ____________”, for example.

ExLibris_Bookplates

(Ex libris) Latin for ‘from the books’(‘from the library of…’), a book owner’s identification label that is usually pasted to the inside front cover of a book – Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

ExLibris_Bookplate&Blog

Form your key image/idea with a hand-drawn draft in pencil that incorporates the same original letterform (also from Exercise I). Research the beginnings of Ex-Libris: a timeframe from 1400 to 1700: being Medieval through Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque… primarily European in origin (with continued awareness for shapes/symbols of alchemical association: often stemming from geometric and universal principles of design, not to mention the ‘once forbidden’ representations of bio-chemistry, metallurgy/ gold-silver-smithing and the medical arts).

Size: each 14×11” bristol board and/or 8 1/2×11″ acid-free paper.

Medium: pencil sketch/sketches, and the final draft in black/sepia ink, acrylic or gouache.

Scan and polish (InDesign + Photoshop + Illustrator) as a digital rendering at 300ppi/300dpi resolution/output. Preliminary Critique: discuss optional progress on Ex Libris/Bookplate at the beginning of next week’s class (as well).