Wanting to capture our moment by illustrating equality and difference, the formal approach was in a manner not dissimilar to the yin-yang. Form informing form, complementary differences united — marking a moment of coming together or becoming joined.
The uppercase initials of our last names (V + A) are like mountains and valleys, near mirrored reflections of each other. They inform each other — the ups and down, highs and lows are an honest portal of every relationship.
The historical ties of these forms span most of recorded time, religions, and cultures. Their symbolic meanings date to Neolithic-Agrarian — the basis for the development of civilization.
When placed on top of each other, these two forms take on new meaning, new form. Released is the six-pointed star, the Seal of Solomon. A symbol balanced in structure and ideals, a symbol that stood to mean perfection by the union of two.
The primary type and structural inspiration for the monogram is Grilli Type’s GT Sectra. It is based on broad-nib calligraphic form, for this work that was an enjoyed nod to classic wedding invites and the evidence of human’s hand in symbol making. Balancing contemporary characteristics with classy articulation the type was perfect for both long and short form text. The qualities of the display setting were perfect for bring drama and importance to headlines.
The secondary type, used solely for detail titling is LL Brown from Lineto. LL Brown complements GT Sectra through its formal geometric cues that yield hard angles analogous to the monogram and hairline illustrations. Compared to historical relatives LL Brown’s geometry is simple and pure.
Contributed by Herb Lubalin Study Center
Contributed by Stephen Coles
Contributed by Florian Hardwig