Tuesday, 24 April 2012

WWW Wiener Werkstatte Women

Wiener Werkstatte Women 

ONE Mela Koehler

Let's take a break away from letters and fonts to look at design.

Before fashion photography images of the latest fashions were often spread by postcards such as these excellent works by Mela Koehler that by the way are also popular collectibles. 

Modern reproductions are available !

I've picked out three images and hope my selection tempts  you to  enjoy discovering more online or offline in museums and art books!


This design movement business and group was based in Vienna but influenced artists designers and illustrators throughout Europe.


 Google that name!
Either your interest is fashion illustration collectibles postcards or watercolor you're love her work!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Pictographs to Cuneiform

It appears to be an "universal" truth that any script that starts life as a pictographic system eventually evolves into an abstract form. Mesopotamian cuneiform influenced script development from Asia Minor (Hittite cuneiform) to Persia  and developed from primitive or perhaps primal is a better word forms used by the Sumerians to the wedges hence "cunei" of later scripts.

and finally

If anyone's thinking after seeing this last one ... ah ha proof of an ancient universal script! ... not necessarily ... there's only so many ways you can represent a mountain with as few strokes as possible.

It does seem however to be a general principle that 

Symbols come before sound in the development of  scripts.