The art and design of writing

Fascinated by calligraphy and the materials we use to write? Read on...
Calligraphy by el Seed

Connecting cultures with 'calligraffiti'

The 'calligraffiti' artist eL Seed uses Arabic script and Arabic calligraphy to make connections between cultures.

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Chinese manuscript

A brief history of writing materials and technologies

Article by:
Ewan Clayton

From the earliest incisions and scratchings to the quill pen of the middle ages, how did we come to get the diverse range of tools to produce writing we know today?

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What is typography?

Typography is language made visible.

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How to design a font

Where do you start when designing a font?

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How fonts make you feel

Typographers always consider the emotional impact of their fonts.

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Typeface designs for the letters E and F

A short history of calligraphy and typography

Article by:
Ewan Clayton

Explore how the design of letterforms has evolved over time and across the world.

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Dalton Maag B and C typefaces

Letterforms: from pen to screen

Article by:
Riccardo De Franceschi

BBC’s typeface designers Dalton Maag describe how letterforms have evolved from pen to screen and their decisions behind designing a new typeface.

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eL Seed: writing and identity

Artist el Seed tells us how beautiful writing can create connections between different cultures.

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Further themes

Curator favourites

Discover what our curators selected as their favourite collection items relating to writing.

People and writing

Uncover the relationship between people and writing.

The art and design of writing

Fascinated by calligraphy, typography and the materials we use to write? Read on...

The future of writing

Fast-forwarding to the future, will writing still be relevant as technology advances?

The origins of writing

Travel back in time to learn about where writing came from and how it has evolved.