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Tony Di Spigna Designer Collection

Tony Di Spigna Designer Collection

The McKenzie River Gift Shop is pleased to announce the addition of the Tony Di Spigna T-Shirt collection! Tony is a world-acclaimed graphic artist and letterform designer. He recently published "Love Letters", an elaborate, large-format book, 160 pages filled with breath-taking images of his hand-lettering. The book may be ordered here or online at Di Spigna is one of the most accomplished of a handful of modern lettering artists preserving the Spencerian style of lettering that dates to the 1700s. The holy grail of this elaborate style for most typophiles is London engraver George Bickham's "The Universal Penman", first published in 1743 by Dover Publications, Inc., New York; a scholarly and historically important book with a forward by Philip Hofer, Curator, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harvard College Library on the Importance of The Universal Penman in Relation to Modern Calligraphy. Di Spigna does more than preserve this elegant lettering style, which is characterized by contrasting thick and thin strokes and elaborate curlicues, originally rendered in ink using a flexible quill pen. He expands on it with the kind of innovative, compact and lacy compositions that the legendary advertising Art Director Herb Lubalin referred to as "doilies". Words presented in this technique are eye-catching and arresting, which is one reason Lubalin loved them. And Tony goes beyond words to create equally arresting images, such as the Peace Dove, using the same thick/thin strokes and curlicues germane to classic Spencerian lettering, or the Jesus design using a different kind of stroke altogether. Watch this space for future developments.
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