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Some inspiration for you on a Tuesday morning!

The Letterform Archive is another one of those bookmarks I’m constantly referring to. It’s better than Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest! But, as Jon Contino often laments on his podcast, It’s so hard to be surprised anymore when the algorithms on Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok are only trying to serve you content based on what you like. How do you branch out and expand your horizons and get surprised if all you’re offered is content just like you and what you’ve already seen?

Sites like the Letterform Archive allow you to be surprised by new things that you wouldn’t even know to search for. They have lettering and graphic design specimens from all the way back to the 1500s, spanning the globe from the Netherlands to Russia to Africa. That being said you can browse more specifically by decade, country, discipline, etc. And you can search super specifically with their search bar. It’s such an amazing resource!

Big shouts to Rob Saunders and the team there who started this non-profit as a way to educate, inspire, preserve, and build community. They offer workshops and classes, so don’t forget to check out the Events and Education tabs. If you decide to purchase a membership to support them, it’s 100% tax deductible. It’s a win-win!

Pulled a few of my favorite items from the archive to share with you here.

Shine On.

old German programs
old German programs
old German programs
Old Russia book pages
Old Russia book pages
Old Russia book pages
Old Russia book pages

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