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Writing: Urban Calligraphy and Beyond [Paperback]

Markus Mai , Arthur Remke , Robert Klanten
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12 Oct 2004
Long ignored and belittled for its proximity to comic culture and vandalism, graffiti has steadfastly remained in the public view: ubiquitous and with a natural affinity to architecture it has become a fundamental aspect of the modern city, influencing public perception and borrowed by fashion, packaging, graphic designers and architects alike. An offspring of this grafitti scene, born out of tags and throw-ups, writing is modern urban calligraphy. While the classic New York style of writing originated in typography, it in turn has left its mark on virtually all visual disciplines: strictly speaking the arrangement of space by outlines, writing has become an invaluable influence and inspiration, especially in the realm of illustration, logo design, motion graphics and architecture. Complemented by a number of essays, "Writing" (compiled by Berlin activists and designers Markus Mai and Arthur Remke) now surveys this appropriation of public space and examines the!
detailed fusion of analogue writing and digital design. Divided by contributors the content spans from straight documentation of this low tech conspiracy to extremely intricate architectural exercises, integrating the unique spatial properties of graffiti writing, its shapes, forms and angles, into three-dimensional objects or buildings. Strict, minimal and purist, Writing is supplemented by a CD-Rom, containing music and a number of experimental tools that allow, for example, 3D rendering of tags.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; First Edition edition (12 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899550625
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899550627
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 23.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have! 19 Jun 2013
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If your into writing culture then you need this book. It's a great study in style and keep's it true to the art of LETTER'S.
I think it's a great book on 'getting loose' with your style. I'm sure that American writer's will have a different take on thing's but there's no denying it's a great and honest study of style.
It's broken down really well from tag's,throw up's piece's and beyond..........waaaaay beyond!

It's heavy on text which is a good thing.It's great to hear writer's build on their philosophy of style,funk and getting loose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 22 July 2009
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A brilliant book with lots of visual connections between grafitti and other images.
Deffinately recommended as I keep refering back to the images for inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 28 April 2006
By maram - Published on Amazon.com
To me this book was a very good introductory to the Art of Calligraphy. It talks about its' history, and classifies it into different categories. It also includes interviews with artists such as AMOK and POET. This is a really good book for researchers, artists, designers (especially Graphic Designers) it's really excellent for inspiration. The book is a little too pricy but I don't think you will find a book this good for a lesser price -if you do then make sure you let me know;p

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This book presents aspects of Writing's development in the following chapters: Foreword and History - Tag/Throw up - Letter/Word - 2D/3D - Analogy - Object - Graphics - Urban:: Art :: Activism

It also answers questions such as: what is Writing? How do Writers do it? Why does Writing look the way it does? Where are Writing's boundaries? Whereto will Writing develop in the future?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool collection 17 Oct 2005
By nuckinfutz - Published on Amazon.com
The book has examples of various different styles of calligraphy from a bunch of artists. It also has photos of "applied examples". My only gripe is the price -- the book seems like it's printed on unnecessarily heavy stock. I would've never paid retail for it. Price is the only thing keeping this from getting 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Word! 28 July 2005
By S. R. Oughton - Published on Amazon.com
A truly well designed and thought out appreciation for "Writing Styles" and it's effect on street art...installation and design! A must have for anyone considering a discourse in the art of Tagging! My only crit is that the publishers failed to consider the art or writing styles of those "other" (street) artists such as NeckFace for a real comparison of the movement. Overall though, BUY BUY BUY!
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book wasn't wasn't what I was expecting 17 Oct 2011
By skyler - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading about this book, which may be my fault for not reading it as closely, I was excited for a book filled with cool handstyles and tags that I would think of when I read the title of the book "writing: urban calligraphy", there was a little of this in the book but a large section of the book focused on urban installments and 3-d graphics, which don't really remind me of calligraphy or graffiti. The book is set up very well and has cool things in it, but if you're looking for a book filled with cool tags and true graffiti, this book isn't what you want. It's 99.9% european styles as well, which you should know about before wanting it, if that's your thing. This isn't the book for you if you are excited to see vandalism. It's more of an art book, that misses a lot of street culture and also seems only about 15% calligraphic. Just my opinion. If you're wanting a book filled with "Twist", "Optimist", "Faust", "Nise", "Retna", "Pose", and "Pusher" tags, this isn't what you're looking for. If that's what you're looking for get a copy of "the infamous" or something. This is european styles, computer graphics, and urban installments. Although, if that's what your'e into it's done really well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 17 Feb 2013
By R. T. Fells - Published on Amazon.com
I got this book as a gift from a co-worker many many years ago. I was very into writing, art and the overall life style back then. I remember this book changed my game up in a flash. The way it's written is very inspirational and it really captures the overall gist of the lifestyle and industry. The book basically takes you through all different aspects of graffiti from street art, to nature and to graphic design. When I started out reading the book I was just a writer; but by the end of it I felt like I had a mission and goals to accomplish. A must have for any dedicated writer out there. The price is crazy if you buy it new though. I'd buy it used and save a lot of coin! It's the same information either way.
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