save the drop cap

Yippe! I’ve been following typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische’s Daily Drop Cap blog for some time now, just waiting for the perfect specimen to scream “blog me!” That day has finally come.

I’m a big drop cap fan… not surprising since I work in the print world. I love their functionality, yet the seemingly endless creative ways designers work within the constraints of only 26 letters. Wired magazine, for one, does a good job of mixing it up… even taking a drop cap to more than a fourth the page size (see examples from the Jan 2010 issue below). But are drop caps another breed dying alongside print? It seems most online sources, even wired.com, drop the beloved drop cap for plain-old bolded text, or nothing at all. Perhaps I need to start a Save the Drop Cap campaign. Who’s with me?

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