Hand Job for the Holidays

Thanks to the good fortunes of missent mail, The Voice recently snagged a copy of Michael Perry’s Hand Job: A Catalog of Type. If you’re like me and remain fixated on the pre-Photoshop, archaic days of old-fashioned pen and paper, bamboo brushes and ink vials, you’ll appreciate the artistry of this compilation. The Brooklyn-based artist, whose clients include Urban Outfitters, MTV and Polyvinyl Records, gathered hand-drawn works from fifty typographers around the world. The book showcases the artistic potential of letters, in conjunction with images, created using materials ranging from watercolors to leaves. It’s a great source of inspiration for the creative type, and makes a nice gift for anyone looking to earn some doodling-cred in Econ class. Give your friends a Hand Job for Christmas, Hannukah, a birthday or just for kicks. The cost of this guilty pleasure: $35.

Madeline Reidy, Leisure Editor

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