Standing at the beginning: Initials, Drop Caps and Initiums.

Also known as an initial, drop caps are a way to guide the reader through the text, while also adding decoration, style and character. Medieval scribes would use ornate letters to begin new sections of their work. Historically, they included illustrations inside or alongside the typography. The word Initial is from the Latin initialis which means … Continue reading Standing at the beginning: Initials, Drop Caps and Initiums.

A screenshot of a medieval manuscript showing an example of a colophon

Why colophons are the perfect finishing touch for your book

If you're into fonts, you may often pick up books and wonder "What font is that?" Movies and television shows, some of our most consumed media, have end credits. So why shouldn't a book have credits outlining all of the technical aspects of the book? Some publishers (the better ones, if you ask me) recognize … Continue reading Why colophons are the perfect finishing touch for your book