The world’s only woven book from 1886. You can do it yourself! Just make about 500,000 punch cards and put them into a Jacquard loom. Voilá!
Typewriter works by various artists, taken from Alan Riddell’s book Typewriter Art, 1975. Free pdf at Monoskop.
Medieval dachshund – Or: drawing with words
Here are three examples of a technique called “micrography”: decorative scenes that are drawn with words written in a tiny script. While there are examples from Latin books made in the West (here is one), the technique is particularly common in medieval Hebrew manuscripts. The drawings are usually found in biblical manuscripts and they appear to be commentaries to the text. The technique, whereby a scribe wrote in the smallest handwriting possible, goes back to the 9th century AD. The examples here, from the 13th century, shows just how entertaining the word-made drawings can be: they are an opportunity for the scribe to frolick in the margins of the page – like drawing a creature that looks like a dachshund.
Text graphics from an 1889 book: “Eli Perkins. Wit, humor and pathos” by Landon, Melville D. (Melville De Lancey) via.
Text graphics from 1763 . Free positioning of characters to make illustrations, instead of using woodcuts. From the book Medical observations and inquiries / by a Society of physicians in London.
h/t: Daryl Green