Albert Schiller (1898-1970) Type Ornaments

Schiller wrote: “Printers’ type ornaments as produced by type-founders, are to me ‘prefabricated’ pen strokes prepared in limitless duplication and considerable variety which have but to be put together to form a picture. . . . This is distinctly a machine age development of sensational significance to create art. . . . The key to this most personal form of expression is my secret of mind that selects with sensitive discernment the units to be combined and guides the entire design to completion. . . . By my power I can visualize the final effect as if on a mental screen, and strive toward it by a series of simple, though very exacting, mechanical operations.”