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Political Science, Athabasca University

Contributed by I G on Nov 4th, 2014. Artwork published in
May 2013
    Photo: I G. © Athabasca University. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by I G.

    Is it an olive branch for peace, or a roman emperor’s crown of laurels? A world map transforms into more than a description of borders. The professor asked that I have specific country names that were covered in his course revealed in the visible map leaves. I have always enjoyed the sinous curves of the ribbon-like Lydian and find it successful at incorporating a calligraphic touch into a very structured face without tipping over into floweriness. It has an authority that reminds me of banners and wall hangings at my grandfather’s Lutheran church. The open forms and taught curves of Lucida paired well with Lydian for the text/webfont.

    © Athabasca University. License: All Rights Reserved.
    © Athabasca University. License: All Rights Reserved.
    © Athabasca University. License: All Rights Reserved.


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    3 Comments on “Political Science, Athabasca University”

    1. Nov 5th, 2014  10:18 am

      Lydian’s authority is greater when it is spaced less tightly, as in image 3 (the line on the figure 277).

    2. Roger Black says:
      Nov 7th, 2014  8:15 pm

      I was thinking that this too-tight spacing is best use I’ve seen of Lydian, which has always seemed fussy and liturgical, and perhaps the weakest of Middleton’s typefaces.

    3. Nov 9th, 2014  8:55 am

      Roger, I agree with your characterization of Lydian, but I don’t think it can be modernized with modern spacing. If you want to use Lydian you have to embrace its stuffiness. This setting just feels off to me.

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