CODICI 1, 64 pp. $22.95
Codici is the Italian word for codes. The word, in many ways, is descriptive of the contemporary calligraphy research that places emphasis on the visual rather than the verbal message. Texts are generally difficult, or seemingly impossible, to read, making "legibility" in the context of traditional calligraphy or typography a perplexing and controversial issue. Such works, like codes, hold messages. But what are the messages? Can they be discovered or deciphered, or only felt?
Codici 1 is an illustrated notebook that addresses these questions and explores the many issues related to contemporary calligraphy. The content draws primarily from a teaching program titled "Moving Towards a 21st-Century Calligraphy." It presents the assignments, support materials, the works created by the students, as well as images and brief discussions of project by Ingmire that relates to the program. Topics include inventing new forms, lettering as drawing, the expressive line, the shape and space of writing, the word as image, Hans-Joachim Burgert: the Calligraphic Line, and The Space of Writing: the Ditchling Commission.