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"Some of the new faces were experimental hybrids between blackletter and roman, and a few were romans, though most of these were idiosyncratic renderings of the classic letter as seen through the eyes of designers who were not altogether at home with it.

Another difference between Germany and the English-speaking countries was that the German traditional foundries were far more energetic in soliciting new designs from artist who were not specialist typographers."

Source: Twentieth century Type Designers - Sebastian Carter

-> This explains why German classic typography have a variety of different fonts.

Liturgisch by Otto Hupp 

Tiemann Gotisch by Walter Tiemann

Fruhling (up) and Deutsche Zierschrift (below) by Rudolf Koch


Virus Font- Barnbrook's own foundry- 

Another website shows more of his works.

Barnbrook's typeface shows freedom. The way the words are stretched out widely (Echelon and Expletive font) and are written in different size (Emigre font) shows no limitation, make the vision become comfortable.

Echelon and Expletive font (J. Barnbrook)

Emigre Font (J. Barnbrook)

Basics about anatomy of typography-




“Widow” is a line of text at the end of a paragraph separated from the rest of the text, meaning that this line is either in the next column or in the next page. It can also appear as an opening line of a paragraph at the bottom of the column or a page, thus separated from the rest of the paragraph.


“Orphan” is a word or few words in its own row that end a paragraph, thus creating too much white space between paragraphs."





Goudy's faces attract me by how they look inspired by the Gothic old-style, but are more simple and easy to read.

I would like to use his typeface for poetry books or classic novels since it brings out the feelings of old times.

Source: Twentieth century Type Designers - Sebastian Carter


Goudy "Thirty" font, 1942 (up) and Goudy Newstyle, 1921 (below)

"The Goudy Newstyle infact did not catch on...was used only by a few private presses."

Source: Twentieth century Type Designers - Sebastian Carter

I don't get why the typeface was not so sucessful but I guess that's because of how "old-look" it is, it somehow creates a heavy feelings for the context. This also means that the type will only be suitable with certain type of contexts.



"The essence of photography lies in its seemingly magical ability to fix shadows on light-sensitive surfaces. Normally, this requires a camera, but not always. Several artists work without a camera, creating images on photographic paper by casting shadows and manipulating light, or by chemically treating the surface of the paper.

Images made with a camera imply a documentary role. In contrast, camera-less photographs show what has never really existed. They are also always ‘an original’ because they are not made from a negative. Encountered as fragments, traces, signs, memories or dreams, they leave room for the imagination, transforming the world of objects into a world of visions."


-> I like the idea of photograph showing non-existing things. It breaks the borderline between realistic and fantasy, between the possible and impossible.

Floris Neusüss


"Neusüss brought renewed ambition to the photogram process, in both scale and visual treatment, with the Körperfotogramms (or whole-body photograms) that he first exhibited in the 1960s. Since that time, he has consistently explored the photogram's numerous technical, conceptual and visual possibilities.

His works often deal in opposites: black and white, shadow and light, movement and stillness, presence and absence, and in the translation of three dimensions into two. By removing objects from their physical context, Neusüss encourages the viewer to contemplate the essence of form. He creates a feeling of surreal detachment, a sense of disengagement from time and the physical world. Collectively, his images explore themes of mythology, history, nature and the subconscious."


Overlaying two contradict images on top of each other -> crossing the line.

I was impressed when seeing this image. This is like a recreation of something that has lost on the Real Side, and now it's recreated and captured on the Other Side/ the Fantasy Side. It also makes me think of something has lost but the memory about it is still lingering on the real thing...

Book as Object

Taken from Book as Object (editor David Jury)

"British Butterflies" by Tracey Bush

The book is design like a stamp collection bookEach butterfly is hand-cut from old maps of the British Isley, makes the book carry a personal imprint.

Irma Boom

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Designed by Irma Boom- I like how she design the book look multi-functional and playful (it can be folded/ a small version is inserted inside the big one). This helps the design not only visually attractive but also useful for reader.(I think the book with deconstructed spine can support people with their habit of reading on bed. With the design, they can read the book without using their hands to keep the papers)

Sarah Andersen

Famous by her short comics. I like the way she create short story using her own expreriences, not much panels and words but the comic still makes sense and humorous. The main character (represents her) mainly show expressionless but that's what make the whole story be more well expressed.

Nguyen Quang Huy

A Vietnamese free-lanced illustrator. His works impressed me by the way he illustrates using any objects around him- simple but spontenuous and creative. I like the idea of taking advantage of every little things around and make them become meaningful.

Cái Hố Đen - The Black Hole

An interesting project from an anonymous illustrator. He/ she asked people if they want to anonymously share their story with him/her, then he/she will illustrate their story for free and post it on his/her website (anonymously). I think this is a very meaningful project because through reading stories of other people, we can gain more experiences to our life. The illustrating part is a way of visually sharing and empathizing. And by posting it online like that there will be more people around want to connect to each other to share their own life story - brings a high community spirit to people. The project itself is called Cái Hố Đen, originally in Vietnamese means The Black Hole. I think it represents for the deepest/ darkest  secret of all of us.

Phuot Xuyen Viet project

Things Are Queer - Jonathan Weinberg

"The queer ofThings Are Queer is not a matter of specific sexual identities but of the world itself. The world is queer, because it is known only through representations that are fragmentary and in themselves queer. Their meanings are always relative, a matter of relationships and constructions. In contradiction to its title, the series seems to say the things themselves are not queer, rather what is queer is the certainty by which we label things normal and abnormal, decent and obscene, gay and straight."

I like his idea of making the series of photo have no ends, like a way of saying "the queer in this world never ends. So why do we always have to think and distinc and discriminate them?"


Nguyen The Hoang Linh

Nguyen The Hoang Linh is my most favorite poet because I can find a lot of inspiration in his poem for my story plot’s idea. His poem satisfies my craving for inspiration as it has both factors that I want- maturity and childish: the combination between experienced philosophy and innocent/ curious viewpoint about things surround. I like the way he see things with simplicity, but behind the fun words are deep meaning of thoughts about the beauty form of life. Reading his poems make me cry and laugh at the same time and realize there are too many pretty moments even in the most miserable situation (this is the technique I want to learn and adapt it to my stories); and whenever I finish the read, there are always two contrasting feeling co-exist inside me: the feeling of become more mature with the experiences he shared, and the feeling of reviving into a newborn that can look at things at their simplest form.


Nguyễn Thế Hoàng Linh - Người Dơi trong Thành Phố

(article translated: Nguyen The Hoang Linh- Batman in the City)

Here are the quotes from the original article that I found inspiring.

"People nowadays easily "measure" the success in art by how famous or wealthy the artists are. But do those artist really support to create a beautiful energy or just only let the "average pretty" to grow? Tran Dan once said: "The average pretty kills the beauty.""

"The more I'm doing it the more things I realize. I think the real artwork is the reagent to the society, Looking at how the people approach them, and react to them can know the level of the society."

"What I'm doing now mainly is trying hard to build for the kids an environment that when they grow up they will have the real artists lead them with their meaningful artworks. The kids need to adapt the good from adults, have freedom in their soul and some techniques to use their sensitivity to develop creativity, soft skills. Avoid letting them to fall into the deviant state, lack of spiritual and understanding about human arounds, which will lead them to tragedy."

Full article:

Trai chieu ngam trang

This is  the illustrate respond to Nguyen The Hoang Linh's poem "Trai chieu ngam trang" from artist Nguyen Tran Phong. I love the idea of combining poem and illustration as it's the most obvious example of somewhat called "visual narrative".

Full artwork can be viewed here:ải-chiếu-ngắm-trang/

Dao Quang Huy is an illustrator and animator. I love his work becaus of the variety art styles he has. His story always habour a humorous but also ironic meaning about life and society

Rehahn Croquevielle

Intimacy album

This album is about normal day life of gay people living in Japan. I love how Eiki Mori well recorded and expressed the melancholy inner feelings, the torment of these people by focusing on their expression, their body language, the scenes around them instead of focusing straightly on them, and how he can still keep a very gentle atmosphere for the photos. The poses of the character plus the colour theme creates a poetic feeling. And the way Eiki focused on the smallest detail of the subject in some photos somehow creates a "break" for the whole album, as if he's slowly leading the way for viewers to step into the inside world of these people- with their happiness, sadness, their bliss, their sentimental affection, all of their private emotions, showing up and changing in each moment, lively...

*Captures the moment



Self Portrait

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Most of his works are self-portrait of gay people. Different from Eiki Mori's style when his characters are likely to always avoid the lense, the people in Paul's photo always look straight to the camera, with a conscious expression, sometimes they look anxious or not showing the head- never on their face is a relaxing expression when it's a self-portrait. I think his works have successfully illustrated the suffer of gay people in the most direct way. I love how he uses the symbol/the imprint of the body language to metaphor his idea: the head-hidden man suggests how they always have to hide their identity, and they way they were captured explicitly naked is to emphasize to their sexuality.

Link to his website:



Hayao Mizaki

Hayao Mizaki is the director of the Japanese animation studio Ghibli. He is a huge inspiration to me, his works are the kind of animation that I would say "even adults will cry when watching them". His movie always touch the core of human emotion. He knows how to deal with the plot, the situation of the movie to strip the characters' feeling to their most honest stage. Although the topic is always about the heroines defeat the "bad", but the "bad" here is no more mainstream as just merely "bad" villian. They could be anyone, even good people- stories about good people win the bad inside them. That's how the "bad" is defeated in his movie. A very straight forward and effective way of showing and convey the realistic and balance in the movie to children (and remind adults to live honestly with their feelings). Below is Hayao Mizaki's quotes that I found very inspiring for my process of creating the plot for children animaion (that could make adults cry):

“You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.”

“Personally I am very pessimistic. But when, for instance, one of my staff has a baby you can't help but bless them for a good future. Because I can't tell that child, 'Oh, you shouldn't have come into this life.' And yet I know the world is heading in a bad direction. So with those conflicting thoughts in mind, I think about what kind of films I should be making.”

“I try to dig deep into the well of my subconscious. At a certain moment in that process, the lid is opened and very different ideas and visions are liberated. With those I can start making a film. But maybe it's better that you don't open that lid completely, because if you release your subconscious it becomes really hard to live a social or family life.”

More of his quotes could be read here:

Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai's works resemble to studio Ghibli's (Hayao Mizaki's) works because of the depth in the plot and the emphasis on human's relationship towards each other and different aspects. However, Makoto Shinkai's works don't usually have happy ending. Both of their works always bring a very tender feeling but for Makoto Shinkai, the movies are all light-hearted at first sight, but it's actually darker than in the whole context.

Makoto Shinkai uses the human's thinking as the key to build and lead the story flow. The emotional twisted between a human being's thinking and reacion is portrayed gently but deeply. His works mainly deal with everyday-life matters (slice of life) and therefor the audiences feel easier to link themselves to the characters. His style of narrative resembles to Japanese's Haiku- describing the surroundings to highlight the main figure's emotion. It's slow enough to focus and consider into the slightest movement or changing of things and the characters, creates a "breath" throughout the whole movie and shows how beautiful every smallest movements could be.

I like his technique of creates the backgroud using series of still images of real objects with very little motion then edit them using computer graphics. However when it comes to the characters, they are all done by hand-drawn. The contrast between the flaty characters stand out agaisnt their surroundings creates a nice effect.

Article about him:

She and Her Cat is one of Makoto Shinkai's earliest works. The movie impressed me by the way he use a cat as the protagonist to illustrate the life of the owner.  The owner's face is always hidden, but the movie can still communicate to us her emotion through the cat's point of view and his dialog, as well as her body language in certain moments. I like how he use black and white for the whole movie- we aren't interupted by the surroundings but can only focus on the characters and their feelings.

La Maison en Petits Cubes

This is a short animated movie I really like created by Kunio Katou. I like how he has successfully done such a challenge to create the nice movie with well communication without using any conversation throughout the whole movie.  What makes the film successful are an attractive plot and nice music that well fit with the mood of each sequences.

Father and Daughter

Another non-verbal-conversation short animated movie created by Michael Dudok de Wit. I like the way the movie is shown clearly hand-drawn with a fading colour scheme- creates a very nostalgic feeling. I also found that the repetition of the scenes is one of the key of visual narrative tehnique that make the plot become more haunting (somehow) and emotional.

JR: My wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

Jiri Trnka- Ruka (The Hand)

Jan Svankmajer- Food: Lunch

A classical animation by Jan Svankmajer. I like the way he illustrate the idea of bourgeoisie and proletariat by using the image of the rich man and the poor man, and the image of the rich man eating the poor man is a metaphor of saying about the unfair of social position.

I am also inspired by the way he combine real human with plasticine and make the movie become abstract. 

HANNAH BRENCHER: Love letters to strangers

A nice idea of spreading love and inspiration around. I'm interested in things that habour the "at ease" feelings so this speech very excites me. I love how meaningful things are done by simple actions that are easily forgotten (here, is using hand-written letter) because I feel like it can wake people up and let them "live" rather than "exist" in this complicated world


Deathtic 4

Genius Party Beyond - "Toujin Kit"

Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless

I found this talk is very inspiring as it gives out some factors that I think I could use for my animation ideas: It talks about how society's attitude could affect strongly to one's thinking. This leads to the situation when people start asking themselves "who am I?"- that's the identity. Everyone has their own identity, but not all knows who they are. The speech gives me inspiration about the connection between the individual and society, between the one we are and the one we create to cope with the people arround, and how hope is important in giving support.

How an Irish drag queen inspired the world

George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

For the whole speech, I was actually inspired by his words:Children are amazingly adaptable. What would be grotesquely abnormal became my normality in the prisoner of war camps. It became routine for me to line up three times a day to eat lousy food in a noisy mess hall. It became normal for me to go with my father to bathe in a mass shower. Being in a prison, a barbed-wire prison camp, became my normality.”

As a cartoon-maker, I have always wanted to understand more about children and how they think. As an animator, I want to create animation that also suitable for adults but the movie still keep the innocent viewpoint of a kid. There were thoughts I used to have when I was a kid, but then they disappear as I grow up. Kids are amazing as they can see through things, straightforward to the core of problems whereas adults sometimes let their eyes and mind be fooled by the surrounded factors. Takei’s words remind me of one of the abilities I (and other people) used to have but have been long forgotten. One of the reasons why adults hardly accept the life in prison is because of its difficulty, as we have become ambitious and craving for the luxury, while kids don’t need those things- as they know the things are impermanence and therefore they don't need them.

Premier Automne - Carlos De Carvalho & Aude Danset

A beautiful movie from Carlos De Carvalho with high quality digital effect with good handle of movement and light. The colour scheme isn't too diversity- in fact, the limited colour scheme shows the intentionally selective intention of the artist. Each colour seems to be the symbol of each character, and  it helps the audience (me) have more distinction on the imprint of each character and focus more on the plot.


MAN is one of many animatied movies of Steve Cutts. Most of his stories have a harsh narrative as they reflect the reality- reveal the ugly truth of society.  There are satirical and irony tone in his works. The contrast between the cuteness drawing and the (sometimes) violent story telling is what makes his works successful, especially for grotesque/ creepypasta fan.

Sorry, I'm late

Thought of You - by Ryan Woodward

Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry

Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Walt Disney's & Salvador Dali - Destino 2003

"The film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time and the inability to realize his desire to love for a mortal. The scenes blend a series of surreal paintings of Dali with dancing and metamorphosis. The target production began in 1945, 58 years before its completion and was a collaboration between Walt Disney and the Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali and Walt Disney Destiny was produced by Dali and John Hench for 8 months between 1945 and 1946. Dali, at the time, Hench described as a "ghostly figure" who knew better than Dali or the secrets of the Disney film. For some time, the project remained a secret. The work of painter Salvador Dali was to prepare a six-minute sequence combining animation with live dancers and special effects for a movie in the same format of "Fantasia." Dali in the studio working on The Disney characters are fighting against time, the giant sundial that emerges from the great stone face of Jupiter and that determines the fate of all human novels. Dalí and Hench were creating a new animation technique, the cinematic equivalent of "paranoid critique" of Dali. Method inspired by the work of Freud on the subconscious and the inclusion of hidden and double images. 
Dalí said: "Entertainment highlights the art, its possibilities are endless." The plot of the film was described by. Dalí as "A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time." 
Walt Disney said it was "A simple story about a young girl in search of true love."

KIN Fables

Le Cat Trong Ly

Analog Animation Tutorial

Animation Samples Elena Pardo

Stuck in a Groove / Phonovideo

Dong Ho painting

Dong Ho woodcut painting is a line of Vietnamese folk painting originating in Dong Ho village. The style gives me inspiration for character design as it directly relates to Vietnam. The everyday life theme of the painting also helps me have more idea about tradtional Vietnamese games in the past.

The Boy and the Paper Plane

Comic illustrated by Nguyen Thanh Phong. I found in this story the way of description and simulation the movement and thoughts of a kid. Besides, the story also deals with visual narrative in a way that it create an innocent atmosphere we only find in children.

Article about how Internet explode in Vn

"Gia nhập mạng Internet vào 19/11/1997, Việt Nam đã có những bước tiến vượt bậc về cơ sở hạ tầng mạng. Đến 2003, Việt Nam mới chỉ có khoảng 1,8 triệu người dùng Internet. Tuy nhiên, kể từ khi VNPT đi đầu trong việc triển khai Internet băng rộng ADSL, Internet đã thực sự bùng nổ. 

Cùng đó, sự tăng trưởng vũ bão của thiết bị truy nhập, dịch vụ cũng như yêu cầu của người dùng, băng thông kết nối trong nước đã được nâng cấp vượt bậc. Hiện, Việt Nam là quốc gia có cơ sở hạ tầng được đánh giá thuộc loại tốt nhất khu vực.

Báo cáo toàn cảnh 15 năm của Hiệp hội Internet Việt Nam (VIA) cũng cho thấy, đến tháng 9/2012, số lượng người sử dụng Internet tại Việt Nam đã đạt trên 31 triệu, chiếm 35,49% dân số. 

Ngoài ra, sự ta đời của dịch vụ Internet qua 3G (tháng 10/2009-VinaPhone là đơn vị đầu tiên triển khai dịch vụ) đã đánh dấu thời kỳ phát triển của Internet băng rộng vô tuyến. Đến tháng 7/2012, đã có hơn 16 triệu người sử dụng, chiếm 18% dân số.'

*This article records the how the Internet grow in Vietnam. As far as I remember, Vietnamese adults and kids started emerge themselves with computers and digital games only after the internet is introduced into the country, This article helps me have more accurate information 



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