Jackson Alves is a typographer and graphic designer in Brazil whose love of traditional calligraphy influences his modern design philosophy. Alves creates custom types and lettering for different projects and companies using the basic tenets of true calligraphy, and then translates them into digital works of art. Jackson spoke with Notes on the Road about his particular appreciation for word play and the place of manual labor, so to speak, in an increasingly digital world. Jackson also designed a parting gift for us, below.

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If you're a stationary buff who loves nothing more than the search for the perfect pen, the smoothest card stock, and the most pristine journals, here's the hobby to end all hobbies. Paper marbling has historic roots in East and Central Asia, where calligraphy is a deeply respected art. In many Asian countries, especially Turkey, where the process is called Ebru, the laborious, but beautiful art lives on. Below, some hypnotic samples of this elaborate art form.

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Friday, 23 November 2012 21:39

Touch With Your Eyes: Sculptures of Water

Elegant, delicate, and highly Japanese; Nagano-born and New York-based photographer Shinichi Maruyama manipulates physics to create his aptly-named "water sculptures." Inspired by calligraphy, imperfection and negative space, Maruyama freezes the elements mid-flight, giving these sculptures a freedom and purity reminiscent of clearest crystal.
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Sunday, 29 May 2011 11:28

The Art of Hermann Zapf


Hermann Zapf (born November 8, 1918) is a German typeface designer who lives in Darmstadt, Germany. He is married to calligrapher and typeface designer Gudrun Zapf von Hesse.

Zapf's work, which includes Palatino and Optima, has been widely copied, often against his will. The best known example may be Monotype's Book Antiqua, which shipped with Microsoft Office and was widely considered a "knockoff" of Palatino. In 1993, Zapf resigned from ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) over what he viewed as its hypocritical attitude toward unauthorized copying by prominent ATypI members. via Wikipedia

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