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Lettering vs. Calligraphy: The Battle of Two Designers

Thursday 12.06.2012 , Posted by
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Perhaps there is no better way to improve yourself or your craft than through the challenge of competition. The new website Lettering vs. Calligraphy celebrates that process, pitting the hand-drawn lettering of Martina Flor, against Giuseppe Salerno and his exquisitely penned calligraphy.

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Each day, the Berlin based duo create one letter each, based upon a keyword like “distinguished” or happy,” provided by a moderator. The two then post their work and viewers are invited to vote on their favorite. Not only is this a healthy dose of competitive fun, but it also provides a platform for looking at the capabilities of the two techniques. Are the many options of lettering enough to overcome the raw passion of the quill pen? Can the calligraphic letter ever match the diversity of emotion available to the hand-drawn glyph? You be the judge at Lettering vs. Calligraphy, where the two go head-to-head each day.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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