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I noticed that I’d neglected to post some of my day-to-day type research that’s been piling up over on Instagram and Pinterest.
Here’s a selection of decorative capitals filling rectangles. While I’ve not necessarily chosen the most beautiful of initials they do represent a range of styles. The sqaure shape provides a good structure for patterns and imagery while making it easy to compose blocks of text around them.
Midolle, Silvestre and Others, Florid and Unusual Alphabets
William Morris, Kelmscott Chaucer
Owen Jones, 1001 Illuminated Capital Letters
Taschen, A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles