Timeless Advice

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I’m reading John Adams by David McCullough at the moment and find a great line that he sent to his son in a letter responding to the boy’s attempts at pen flourishes. It seemed like such a great typographic rule of thumb as well that I decided to do something quick with it. I made two posters with the quote featured. The first is set in Caslon, a popular typeface from the period that Adams lived in with ornaments that would’ve been typical at the time. The second is in Helvetica (I recently rewatched the movie) with some ornamentation of the modern variety. It’s always been the case with me that in order to get ideas for creative work I need to be reading or learning about a variety of subjects and little things will reveal themselves.

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