Ellen Stoehr Design
freelance creative director \\ designer


Thoughts become things


This is an opinion blog

about typography, design, and the challenges or innovations across different projects as entrepreneur but it also hosts personal challenges, wins and opinions.

May you learn from my findings and lessons. Proceed with caution.


The Word "Extraordinary"

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Extraordinary. As a kid, this word always threw me for a loop because it’s the word “ordinary” with “extra” in front of it……….yet, people used the word as a compliment, something positive. I would let the word hit my ears and think about it for 15 minutes after the fact, measuring the context in which the word was delivered. Something like this: “Okay, so my art teacher said the drawing was extraordinary and then said she liked detail and 3-dimensionality I put into the living room furniture…hmm…” It always sounded like someone was calling me “ultra ordinary.” But I never was ordinary. Good thing it all adds up now. #specialgirl #headscratcher

Here is the word’s actual definition: adjective \\ very unusual or remarkable: the extraordinary plumage of the male | [with clause] : it is extraordinary that no consultation took place.

This font is called #Majestibanner and it was designed by Joe Prince. Majesti Banner is a serif with hairline strokes giving it an elegance and timelessness. I’ve pulled out the fancy glyphs for the capital ‘E’ , the ‘d’ and and the ‘y’ which creates a sense of rhythm and whimsicality to the word. It feels like an Audrey Hepburn font. It feels like Dick VanDyke when he sings “it’s a jolly holiday with Mary” in #MaryPoppins. It feels quite #British, actually. The teardrops of the ear on the ‘r’ and the double-story ‘a’ are subtle nuances that make these letterforms #bloodygorgeous. Don’t you agree?

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