Have yet to find the English term, but in Dutch those decorative lines flowing from initials and versals are called Cadellen. The dutch wikipedia page on book illumination is quite good.

See Modified Lynda Barry daily journal format.

_ Zettelkasten sightings: – Borchardt's ZettelkastenOliver Burkeman

I'm testdriving Joplin for the more structured “projects and tasks” part of note taking. Can sync through Nextcloud. Nextcloud seems to be offered more often as a specific syncing option besides the usual dropboxes and iclouds etc.

_ 'Framing is “a way of selecting, organising, interpreting, and making sense of a complex reality”'. Pair with “Software architecture is in crisis, and the way to fix it is a hefty dose of anarchy”.

_ An important checklist: # The 7 Questions For Any Technological Idea.

_ Can't get over how brilliant is. It lets you export a diagram as a URL! Like so.

_ #weeknotes 2021-09

Spring is early. A beautiful sunset yesterday.

_ Settling in with Obsidian myself, but Joplin looks nice as well for a cross platform notes app.

_ A visual language for digital integration. With pointer to Ruth Malan, who's work I still need to familiarize myself with more.

_ Sold another couple of bird prints this week. Only four left of the Blue tit and the House sparrow. Working on a design for the Jay. I think I solved the problem of that finely striped black and blue patch on its wings.

_ When in doubt, make a list.

_ Letras y figuras, another specific approach in combining letters and figures*.

_ Music to work to.

#weeknotes 2021-08

Free online event: Meet the Manuscripts: judging a book by its cover. A new life goal: to someday leaf through a medieval manuscript. Had my eye on this course on the dynamics of heritage collections (in dutch) last year, am considering to do it this year if possible.

_ New bird print: Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs)

_ Sun Ra – Space is the place

_ Started reading Designs for the Pluriverse by Arturo Escobar. Only at the introduction so far, but already some beatiful, meaningful and incisive phrases. “All creation is collective, emergent and relational.” “The endless, ceaselessly changing weave of life on which all life depends.”

_ Vorm en inhoud van de verluchte kapitaal

#weeknotes 2021-07

Goldfinch, organisational knowledge management and that remarkable absence of the true representation of nature

It was the week of snow and cold and ice in The Netherlands. I walked instead of cycled to the studio each day. Takes a bit longer of course, but those 25 minutes are good for switching the home/work/home contexts.

_ Finished the edition of twenty of the European goldfinch print. The first two have already been sold as well. Cool, it turned out well indeed. Graphically a very interesting bird with clearly marked areas of color. Not one to start out with, but at thirty designs in, it was time to tackle this one.

_ I sent out the first actual newsletter with printmaking updates to my small list of subscribers. In dutch, but it you're so inclined, you can subscribe at the bottom of the page.

_ Kim Goodwin speaks truth about organisational knowledge management challenges. Good little thread for your inner information architect.

_ Besides illuminated intials and margin decorations and illustrations, there's also the numerous patterns medieval book illuminators used for filling solid areas of color/space. Here's another example. Want to start catalogueing these in some way, or find out whether that's been done already.

_ Mister George Charles Williamson wrote this sentence in 1911 for the entry on miniature painting in the Encyclopedia Brittanica and it captures very well what I find so fascinating about medieval imagery: “Landscape, such as it was, soon became quite conventional, setting the example for that remarkable absence of the true representation of nature which is such a striking attribute of the miniatures of the middle ages.

_ What is drawing? Why do it?, pairs well with why we should draw more.

_ Sounds: – Backpatches and elbowpatches, on metal and academia. – On the first perfect score of the year was awared to quite the inaccessible album full of avant-garde and dissonant music. Lots of commentary there. I added my two cents here and reposted here. Check out Ad Nauseam – Imperative Imperceptible Impulse. – I'm still hooked on spirit world field guide

#weeknotes 2021-06

Illuminiation, collage, css pseudo-classes

Using this preliminary reading list on Medieval illumination, I scoured the online inventories of second hand book stores and had a few books sent my way. And so I've been reading up on the history of the book, codex, manuscript. It makes for fascinating reading and looking. Seeing the endless combinations of script, drawing and decoration unfold within the new format of the page (papyrus rolls were the standard in Antiquity) is a uniquely medieval innovation in the visual arts.

_ A first attempt at styling a decorated initial with CSS, based on the a.single.div approach by Lynn Fisher.

_ The Open Etching Press looks great.

_ Some of the short blurbs I write that go with my instagram posts want to be expanded upon as blog posts. Just like the items I write in these here week notes. So many threads, always more to weave.

_ Yes, that New York Times piece on collage is great. The presentation format reminded me of this essay, which I linked to before.

_ Collage is one of the topics I did not get to expand upon in the Bildung 1 zine. Collages can be funny, weird, disturbing, all of the above at the same time. It's definitely a way of image making that is dear to me. Funny: cats of brutalism.

_ Escobar – Designs for the Pluriverse Seminar.

_ #weeknotes 2021-05

Calligraphy, printing things from the web & digital self-care

Much of the week involved finishing up my part of a new (art) zine exhibition @gahilversum. Keep an eye on that instagram account. As part of that I'm experimenting with calligraphy (again). Medieval Calligraphy by Marc Drogin is the go to for the how to. I find a certain style of decoration fascinating, in which the versals (decorated capital letters) get these very long and thin lines extending along the margins of the text block (example). My own initial explorations of this are in Calligraphic Space Ⅲ.

_ Titivillus is the patron demon of scribes, more images here. Ancestor to the printers “zetduiveltje” (“set devil”, as in type setting) for sure.

_ In my Bildung zine I used a selection of blog posts made here. Because I remember things, that made me think back to Things our friends have written on the internet. Yay for people keeping up their blogs.

_ I've linked to before. Here's Kira McLean sharing her choices in moving away from google. (via) I'm not using gmail, but ProtonMail looks good regardless. I'm already happily using Nextcloud through

_ “naming your files and figuring out your digital organizational structure is self-care” – @johngold. One of the replies calls for “more binder clip hacks”. I’ve been using my own version of a hipster PDA the last few weeks. Mostly because I promised myself to never try, let alone pay for, an online task manager ever again.

_ This makes me want to play around with the cliché's in our collection. (can't find what the English word is for the metal plates that contain engraved illustrations for letterpress, in Dutch they're called cliché's)

_ Sounds: Madlib doesn't have a mobile phone. Sound ancestors made in collaboration with the also brilliant Kieren Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet. Linked before, but now really listening a lot to Spirit world field guide by Aesop Rock.

_ #weeknotes 2021-04

Publishing as artistic practice

The Design Research Society has launched their Digital Library. It is an open-access hub for all things design research.

_ Graphic designers who publish, compare to publishing as artistic practice.

_ Marshall McLuhan's copy of Finnegans wake. Writing in books is ok!*

_ Naming my abstract prints is hard. Sometimes a cool word seems to suggest a characteristic that resonates. Manifold, for example. Not exactly what I was looking for, but I remember seeing thesecrocheted manifolds in Helsinki some years ago.

_ On publishing: the main job last week was wrapping up my new zines and sending those to the printer. Now to reflect on the proces and get ready to share bits and pieces. More soon.

I put the zines together using mostly open source tools. Scribus for page layout. For photo editing a la photoshop, there's GIMP, but it's very clunky. Glimpse improves on it considerably.

_ Sounds: new for me sets from Acid Pauli.

#weeknotes 2020-03

Working on my zines. A 21st century European Bauhaus? Snow fight!

Nick Sousanics maps out a selection of books as a reservoir from which to derive his own course contents. I did a similar thing last year as a way to take inventory of topics and inspirations for my own artistic production. It's become the main structure behind one of the zines I'm finishing up. More on that once those are done. _

I'm using a selection of blog posts I wrote on here over the last year. It's super interesting to see how those small pieces of writing connect with the visual work I produced. _

I wrote up a small piece about the concept of forma formans and forma formata. In dutch. The forming form and the formed form and how the first produces the latter. _

Those zines are put together with Scribus, like InDesign, but free and open source. It really works quite well. _

Last september, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced a new European Bauhaus. A new cultural project for Europe. Unesco has a Futures Literacy programme. Compare/contrast with we're all preppers now.

Optimism is work*. _

#weeknotes 2020-02

Spent quite some time this week sorting brass lines in type cases and books in the library of the GAH printmaking studio. Making time for the mind to do its own background processing. Quite the week, huh.

— Get your dragons here*. I'm partial to this particular style of book illustrations. The motifs in the border, the double outlines around the ears, the highlights around neck, hooves and over all stylized representation. Even more decorative motifs on this silver engraved panel.

— More medieval goodies: the Vatican is digitizing its library: Good resources for the calligraphic explorations I'm currently working on. Started re-reading Maerlants Wereld.

— About those silver engravings, this is where the intaglio/etching technique has it's roots. At some point someone found out that if you rub an engraved plate like that with ink, then remove it again from the top surface, this leaves ink only in the grooves of the engraving. If you then put a piece of paper over it and press really hard, the image on the plate gets transferred to the paper.

— A beautiful web essay on easy to create newsletters and hard to build websites. Ease of use for creation, ease of discovery for consumption and straightforward payment options are all available for email, less so for websites. “Instead, I see the web as this public good that’s been hijacked by companies trying to sell us mostly heartless junk.” But it could still be done and would still be worthwhile. I.e. here's a service that turns a folder with files into a blog: RSS could still be the browser's built-in notification system for new content. Payments still need work.

Why Everyone Should Write puts it so well.

Tools for a livable future. Ways of learning/doing.

#weeknotes 2021-01

Started following @typographica on the twitter this week. Started looking at some of the serif fonts reviewed there. Brabo looks very nice*. Equity has been my workhorse serif so far. Brabo would make a good addition, a bit roomier and with more flair. Pensum is nice too, but I can't get past that lowercase e. __

Somehow really glad about the happy ending of the Queens Gambit, which we watched with the whole family. __

More beautiful ink drawings of animals, like that bear previously. Qi Baishi apparently thought highest of his seal carving. __

Still listening to “Awakening from the meaning crisis” lectures by John Vervaeke. Periodic reminder to use huffduffer to turn youtube videos into your own curated podcast. __

“Writing” was last year's theme. “Image” will be back in focus this year. So I'll be listening to Drawing as a Human Practice: an interview with D.B. Dowd. Already ordered his book as well. And this one and will revisit this one, too. Oh and: “Sequentials is a hub for scholarship conveyed through comics.“ __

Almost finished the Flow book. Know thyself – “Self knowledge is the process throug which one may organise conflicting options.” If you're going to have new years resolutions, steal from the best. Have a good one. __

#weeknotes 2021-01