To See Takes Time: Stiegl Typography Sketched

A recent post on Understanding the Differences between Type and Lettering by Joseph Alessio (@alessio_joseph) on Smashing Magazine shared by The Sketchnote Army (@sketchnotearmy) plus Mike Rohde‘s (@rohdesign) illustration of sketchnote type in his book The Sketchnote Handbook got me noticing letters.

Sunshine Gardens was the first font to piqué my interest. Dinner at Steakout, a beer garden, yielded another treasure, the Stiegl font on a coaster:

Stiegl Coaster in Color photo by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

Stiegl Coaster in Color iphone photo by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

In black and white, it’s easy to notice the sculpted tails of each letter and the slanted angle of the stair steps:

Stiegl Coaster in BW iphone photo by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

Stiegl Coaster in BW iphone photo by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

Definitely worth a closer look so I spent some time with the coaster and my Tomboy dual flow pens and other tools while “noticing what I noticed” as Lynda Barry teaches:

Stiegl Drawing by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

Stiegl Drawing by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

It may seem odd to find font in a photography blog.  However, noticing what you notice in the Wow! Amazing! Everyday! is a great way to improve visual eye and photography.  Much of photographing is about seeing and not all seeing is noticing. Like Georgia O’Keefe said, “to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”

What did you take time to see today?