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Speedball Textbook

Speedball Textbook




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These books bring me back. My dad used to do a little sign writing on the side, he was the community favourite for all school, church and fete lettering. It was a bit of a hobby for him, and he used to have a little collection of typography books like this one. While my sisters were indulging in Enid Blyton and Elyne Mitchell, I was pouring through the beautiful pages of the Speedball Textbook, wondering just which ampersand I liked the most.

On the ball

On the ball



I have developed an interest recently in fonts with ‘ball terminals’, having used script font ‘Bellevue’ recently in some body cream packaging for One Seed organic fragrances. It led me to the discovery of Jessica Hische’s font, ‘Buttermilk’ – a bold and feminine script typeface which can be purchased from myfonts.com.

I’ve seen a couple of reviews out there about font designer Jessica Hische, where people seem to have found themselves in an expected state of delighted euphoria, having explored this particular young woman’s portfolio. Her work is inspiring in every way: it makes me want to own it, see more, be better and somehow one day make her my best friend. She produces a constantly rich and quirky stream of new ideas – daily, in fact, at her blog (dailydropcap.com) where she offers the world a new drop cap every day to enjoy.

Jessica’s portfolio is online at jessicahische.com.

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