Calligraphic Numbers, by definition, should not be merely legible and functional, but beautiful. Calligraphers and lettering artists use them every day to write numbers on envelopes, certificates, invitations, business cards, signs, and posters, among other things. Yet when we study calligraphic hands, the numerals are often glossed over or treated as an afterthought. The purpose of Uncommon Numbers is to draw attention to a largely overlooked subject and to provide the best possible examples of written and drawn numerals for study and inspiration.
This book features breathtaking numerals from 32 master calligraphers across the world, including Julian Waters, Sheila Waters, Georgina Artigas, Hermann Zapf, Martin Jackson, and so many more. Although not intended as an instruction manual, many numerals include information about pen angle, x-heights, and tools & materials in the hopes of inspiring calligraphers to practice themselves.
Edited by Brenda Casey Zoby. Associate editor Barbara Brandt. Paperback; 61 pages; 8.5" x 5.5"
Two additional volumes are available: Uncommon Numbers II and the Uncommon Numbers Manual, as well as a set of all three books.