I noticed this wonderful Icelandic project of illustrated type inspired by medieval maps featuring fantastical sea creatures.
Design by Reykjavík based Stella Björg, these decorated capitals remind me of the Victorian illustrations I’ve written about recently. I love that several of the creatures appear to be based on specific Icelandic mythical beasts, as named at the bottom of the print. I also really like the print colours and flecked paper that gives the final work its antique look.
My “Here Be Monsters” illustrated letters started from the simple idea of writing “MONSTER” but having finished it just didn’t seem like there was much left to complete the alphabet. I was in no hurry to complete it, so very slowly monstrous letters got added and finally there appeared a complete alphabet. - Stella Björg
It would be so interesting to see this on a larger scale with more detailed mapping of thousands of books. It would be fascinating to see best sellers mapped by decade in the U.S. Do you think the onset and embracing of existentialism would become more and more apparent? Or would there be very little change in the way we tell stories despite all the supposed societal shifts we’ve had? I’d like to find out.