1595 Font Friday

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From the Public Domain Review. See also my post 1510 Font Friday.

Hoefnagel’s Guide to Constructing the Letters (ca. 1595)

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Joris Hoefnagel (1542 – 1600) was a pivotal figure in the history of Dutch art, playing an important role both in the latter stages of the Flemish illumination tradition and the birth of the new genre of still life. In the last decade of his life Hoefnagel was appointed court artist to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, and it was in this time that he appended Georg Bocskay’s Model Book of Calligraphy, of thirty years previous, with his own beautifully exquisite Guide to the Construction of Letters, examples from which are shown below. In each he surrounds the typographic diagram with a colourful array of symbolically charged motifs and, for some, an excerpt from the Bible which begins with the letter of focus. See the Getty site, by clicking on each image, for further commentary.

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These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

Safety poster showing amputated thumb

By Robert T. Gonzalez from io9.com:

These posters are way more eye-catching than those televised public service announcements about carbon monoxide leaks and downed power lines. They’re also straight-up ghoulish.

Over at 50 Watts, art and design blogger Will Schofield has curated a fantastic collection of vintage workplace safety posters, printed in the Netherlands from the 1920s through 1970s. We’ve featured a few of our favorites here, but you’ll want to check out 50 Watts for the full roundup.

All images courtesy of Geheugenvannederland.nl (Memory of the Netherlands) via 50 Watts.

These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

1925-1926, illus. Willem Papenhuyzen via Memory of the Netherlands

These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

1925-1949, poster by Evert Möllenkamp via Memory of the Netherlands

These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

1926-1927, poster by Albert Hahn via Memory of the Netherlands

These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

1927-1928, poster by Albert Hahn via Memory of the Netherlands

These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

1940, poster by Drik de Leeuw via Memory of the Netherlands

These vintage Dutch safety posters are stunning, completely terrifying

1942, poster by Hans Bolleman via Memory of the Netherlands

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