What is a Monogram?

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A monogram is a single symbol made up of one or more letters. Every aspect of an individual’s taste and fancy can be accommodated with a monogram. Monograms differ significantly, and there are of a great variety of design.  There are so many different types and combinations of the same letters that no two persons with the same initials need to have the same monogram.  Almost endless differences may be attained if treated to a fertile imagination.  There should be order, balance, symmetry in a monogram, in short unity.  A real monogram should be as far as possible be the continuation of one line, which is found in those that are more pleasing to the eye.

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Monogram set in Australian Woman’s Weekly 1956

The first letter of the name should be given the most prominent place, and this should be achieved without sacrificing unity or symmetry.  To augment the importance of the central letter, the eye should be guided by an increasing and decreasing progression.

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Assorted monograms

The family letter should occupy the centre and be as conspicuous as possible. It should strike the eye before and more so than all other letters. Monograms on note papers should be simple, and if possible, be the tracing of a single line.

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Assorted Monograms

The family letter should occupy the centre and be as conspicuous as possible.   It should strike the eye before and more so than all other letters.  Monograms on note papers should be simple, and if possible, be the tracing of a single line.

In the nineteenth century, a monogram was an important for a young bride to have the initials of her new husband embroidered on her bridal dress.   The monogram also used to give a distinctive finish to bed linens, to a sheet set and your table linens that old world look.
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teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment

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