Visual Poetry

Heidi Neilson

Typography of the Period: A Brief Introduction [PDF, 201kb], 2003.

"While learning letterpress, [Heidi Neilson] noticed that some of the periods she was setting looked damaged. They weren't perfectly round, as she had expected they would be, but they weren't, in fact, damaged. 'I was impressed that someone had actually designed a period,' Neilson said. She decided to demonstrate this dramatically and so chose over two dozen typefaces and enlarged their periods 3,000 percent…. The result is a book of periods that are as different as children in the same family are. Some are perfectly round, some perfectly square, while others veer into the oblong, the oval, and even, as in the typeface Papyrus, the indescribable."
-- Richard Goodman