Graphic Design, The Beauty of Type, and The Days of U&lc

By E. Brown

I just stumbled upon this site while visiting, Moving at The Speed of Creativity. The site is Wordle. They have created a cool little app that allows you to create word clouds from your delicious tags or blog rss feed. You can then customize the fonts, colors, and layout to your choosing.

Here are my delicious tags in Wordle…

Ah, this reminds me of the days I used to subscribe to U&lc (Upper & lowercase) Magazine. Now you can see the online version. But, the print edition was a thing of beauty. Never had type or the crafting of words looked so sexy. Type designers would draw inspiration and just a little envy from the over-sized newsprint periodical. I loved to look at the use of words and letters to create textures and patterns.

Good times…

It’s hard not to get just a little nostalgic. Here is the blog feed in Wordle. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Graphic Design, The Beauty of Type, and The Days of U&lc

  1. I used to subscribe to U&lc, too! My late husband, a corrugated paper packaging designer, introduced me to it. Man, I loved that paper. It was so beautiful! People without an appreciation for type don’t know what they’re missing!

  2. Someone has way too much time on their hands. This is the kind of stuff I did in college during lectures! I scribbled down the keywords and scramble word puzzle them. Sometimes I would draw continuous lines around them or enoble them with an appearance of antiquity. Drawing them into sculptured rocks or surrounding them in hallucinogenic shadows and flowers were also scribble-worthy.

    Evidently, I had the most sought-after notes in the lectures, because of the many requests for copies.

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