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Dec 22, 2020

Letterform Landscapes

60 virtual backgrounds bring you into the Archive for your next video conference call.

Letterform Archive staff with our custom virtual backgrounds.

Like many of you sheltering at home, our team is seeing a lot of each other within the now-familiar grid of video chat rectangles. We love getting a peek at everyone’s home office, but we also miss being surrounded by the Archive and its countless bits of inspiration and delight.

So, as an addition to our Cabin F(or)ever kit, we’re pleased to bring you our first batch of background images selected from objects in the Online Archive, each carefully cropped and edited for Zoom. Now you can use our periodical wall to visualize your ideal home library, wallpaper your room with Paul Rand, furnish your apartment with type from Caslon’s 1844 specimen, live inside an issue of Emigre, or do “some blue sky thinking” with Martin Venezky.

Letterform Landscapes, Vol. 1

A preview of the backgrounds with links to the objects in the Online Archive. Download the complete set of images below.

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Letterform Landscapes, Vol. 2

A preview of the backgrounds with links to the objects in the Online Archive. Download the complete set of images below.

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Letterform Landscapes, Holiday Edition

Otis Shepard, Dan River Fabric ad, 1947 and Paul Rand, El Producto Cigar ad, 1954.
Otis Shepard, Dan River Fabric ad, 1947 and Paul Rand, El Producto Cigar ad, 1954.

This year, we know many of you are celebrating the holidays with family, chosen family, and friends through your computer screens. So, our gift to you is a bonus set of 12 winter themed backgrounds drawn from our collection of season’s greetings by artists like Elaine Lustig Cohen, W. A. Dwiggins, Paul Rand, and Hermann Zapf. We like to think these are the scenes Santa would use while he’s stuck in North Pole lockdown.

A preview of the backgrounds with links to objects in the Online Archive. Download the complete set of images below.


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