Friday, September 21, 2012
SIMPLY AN AT!
We all knew the symbol, and to some extent still use it in handwriting, although I thing the effort to write the tiny word "at" is far easier than making an "@" symbol and having it land in the right place on the line!
The September issue of Smithsonian magazine has a most delightful and entertaining article on this little symbol; however, I probably would have passed it by if it hadn't been for the amazing lettering piece" that Erik Marinovich designed for it. http://friendsoftype.com/2012/09/the-accidental-history-of-the-symbol/
I am SO appreciative of those who have artistic talents. I can visualize Erik's design worked up in a fantastic stitchery piece, but unfortunately I must simply be content in being an appreciator, not an executor, of any kind of art work.
From Erik's page you can find a link to the Smithsonian article - short and sweet and eminently readable at a glance. It is entitled "Overnight Sensation" and tracks, to what extent it can, the beginnings - and of course the dramatic present - of this little symbol that really doesn't have much of a name, unless you want to call it an "AT."