We've been obsessed with monograms for a while, but we've never thought about creating one of our own. Never, that is, until we got inspired by New York Public Library librarian Jessica Pigza's blog post on the Design Sponge guest blog. With the help of a 1927 manual, Jessica details some tips on creating your own monogram.
Jessica, who blogs for the NYPL about all things handmade, dug into the New York Public Library's collection on monograms and reported on her finds for the Design Sponge guest blog, where she had been blogging as part of her involvement in the Design by the Book video project, a collaboration between Design Sponge and NYPL that documents the process of artists using Library materials for inspiration.
In her post, Jessica highlighted How to Design Mongrams by Elizabeth and Curtiss Sprague. This DIY guide was published in London in 1927, and is filled with instructions and examples that Jessica highlights here.
Tips for Designing Your Own Monogram from Jessica:
The Spragues explain that a well-designed monogram will exhibit “proportion, rhythm, fine spacing, and unity.” And to that end, they advise the following:
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