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Dec 16 2013
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Another Fan Letter

We love getting fan mail. Here’s one from a graphic design student talking about the Ian Brignell feature spread in this best selling textbook by Terry Rydberg.

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Subject: Re: Thanks for being profiled in my textbook
Hi Ian,
Thanks for the kind, detailed response! I will have to check out the flexible pens at my local art store, sounds intriguing! I have sort of a long history with technical pens as I am an architect. Remember trying to clean out the Koh-I-nor rapidographs because you left the ink in the pen that dried out? Nowadays, I have taken many digital media classes at the local community college in the past few years, in typography the teacher and I laughed about the memory of using press type/letraset., and how if you ran of lower case “e’s” you would try to make one by using a lower case “c” and some other letter to make the cross bar…Also took calligraphy years and years ago so played around with nibbed pens.  No end to the fun! Best of luck and
Thanks again!
Mar 13 2012
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Exploring InDesign

New textbook by Terry Rydberg, Exploring InDesign, 6/e (Cengage), featuring Ian.

Available from Amazon.



I love drawing letters. It started in Grade 4 when I used to copy the 16-point type from my reading books size-as just for the thrill of it. As I got older, I found the expressive power within letters intoxicating and wanted to create them myself, interpreting their moods and their geometry.

Type is the foundation of good graphic design. Sensitive choices regarding type styles and weights and sizes impact visual message and meaning. Art directors who want to go beyond available type solutions come to me. I am a lettering designer.