From The Archives: For the Love of Letters

Poetry can create thoughts, be felt and can shape emotions. Back in 1984, twenty designers designed twenty poems that were featured in For the Love of Letters, a book dedicated to poets and designers who share the power of words.

Excerpt from For the Love of Letters:

Poetry of words. Poetry of love. Poetry of form. Is there a difference between thoughts and the words that serve them? Yes. But if you’re a poet, sometimes you can transcend that.

Is there a conflict between love and reality? Yes. But if you’re a poet, you can help us loose track and believe in love, or at least see some sweetness in the pain.

Is there life within a printed page of poetry? If you’re a designer, you can fill the forms of the letters, and the words, and the spaces between them with as much meaning as the words themselves.


Paper: Mohawk Superfine
Creative Concept: Anderson & Lembke
Designers: Ivan Chermayeff, Bruce Blackburn, Bennett Robinson, Dominic Arbitrio, Richard Danne, Bill Bonnell, George Lois, Jim Miho, Freeman Craw, Amil Gargano, Paul Rand, George Tscherny, Gene Federico, Tom Carnase, Paula Scher, B. Martin Pedersen, Tom Morin, Arnie Arlow, Bradbury Thompson, Massimo Vignelli

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