Do you recognise this book?
Did you spend hours painstakingly tracing it’s characters for school project headers?
You my friend, were not alone. You probably didn’t know back then but you were once a typography geek. This book single handedly turned a whole generation of school kids into font admirers. It was the typography bible for those too young to contemplate what a typography bible was.
The cover design makes me giddy with happiness and when I showed The Koala, he got the same feeling. His favourite was the bubble lettering. What was yours?
Do today’s kids know the dedication and the joys of hand lettering? It makes me sad to think kids these days might create their assignments on the computer and print them out. You don’t get intimate with fonts that way. No sir.
The Lettering Book by Noelene Morris was published by Scholastic in 1988. I can’t find any information online about Noelene. Where are you? What became of you? Did you know when you wrote this book that it would studied carefully by school kids everywhere?
I love this note from Noelene. I wonder if she knew when writing this page what an influence her book would be. I think maybe she did: “You will soon find yourself experimenting, and in a short time you will have invented many styles of your own.”
I’m reminiscing on bubble lettering, block lettering (with 3D cube effect), cloud lettering and that famous capital S etched into wooden school desks everywhere. Oh the good old days.