The Annotated Capital is about the evolution of the capital letterform. Its focus is unique, in that it both outlines the thinking behind the design and cutting of the classic Roman capital letterform and the philosophy that underpins it in the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge, England. The book explores each step in the dynamic process of drawing and cutting letterforms to create the recognisable Kindersley capital letter.
The Kindersley Roman capital has come down to the Workshop from the Rome of 2,000 years ago through those giants of the lettering tradition, Edward Johnston and his pupil Eric Gill, David Kindersley's master. It appears on and in public and private buildings and artefacts, and in churchyards across the continents. It can be seen on street signs throughout Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
Since the 1940s, some sixty apprentices have been trained to carve the Roman alphabet in the Workshop, first by David during his lifetime, and later by Lida Lopes Cardozo - his apprentice, partner and widow. This book shows in detail David and Lida's accumulated knowledge and how it is handed on to their apprentices. When, after three years, the apprentices leave the Workshop, they continue to develop and the Roman capital will change with them in turn.
As well as training apprentices and running the Workshop, David and Lida have spread the word of lettercutting through their commissions, exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
The Annotated Capital will appeal to architects, artists, scientists, lettercutters and graphic designers, as well as to students of those disciplines. and to the general reader with an interest in the arts, design and typography - or indeed to anyone interested in the underlying design and aesthetics of their surroundings and in what they read.
This book contains a 100% size print of the stone as drawn and cut by The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop.
This is book 7 in a series of books on lettering from the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, the first six of which are listed below:
- THE CARDOZO KINDERSLEY WORKSHOP (2004) – A guide to commissioning work by Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley
- LETTERS FOR THE MILLENNIUM (1999) – Why we cut letters in stone by Emma Lloyd-Jones and Lida Lopes Cardazo Kindersley
- KINDERSLEY AT ADDENBROOKE'S HOSPITAL (2000) – About care for people and beauty by E. Graham Cannon and Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley
- OPTICAL LETTER SPACING (1996) – For new printing systems by David Kindersley, edited by Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley
- THE KINDEST CUT OF ALL (2005) – On the making of gravestones in the Kindersley Workshop Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley and Michael Wheeler 1874426155
- APPRENTICESHIP (2003) – The necessity of learning by doing by Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley and Martin Gayford containing a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
1st Edition 2010, Hb, 88pp plus a wall poster of the designs