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A nice thing about illustrations

is that they don’t have to be rectilinear. This lovely piece, illustrating a short story by Stacey Richter, is by Kirsten Harper, to whom I was referred by last week’s artist, Aaron Artessa. Go see it on the home page, too—it may be there only until Thursday, though of course I hope longerarchived at Flickr.

What typefaces writers compose in, and why

What typefaces writers compose in, and why

Slate presents “My Favorite Font: Anne Fadiman, Jonathan Lethem, Richard Posner, and others reveal what font they compose in and why.” Some bits I appreciated: I like Courier because it seems provisional—I can still change my mind—whereas Times New Roman and its analogues look like book faces, meaning that they feel nailed down and immovable. […]

Open-source bitmap-to-vector converter

Open-source bitmap-to-vector converter

For those of you who don’t have Illustrator CS2 (or an ancient copy of Adobe Streamline), Cathi Stevenson points out that there’s an open-source program that will convert your bitmaps to vector art: Inkscape. It’s available for Linux, Windows 2000/2003/XP, and OS X (with X11 installed—this is on the Tiger disk somewhere). I could have […]

Baby's First Commissioned Illustration

After all my whining and demanding of assistance, I’m sure you’ll be relieved to know that I finally commissioned my first illustration, and it is now online, live, in brilliant RGB: on the home page (with cramped hed and dek type by me) in the article (as Aaron intended it; the article it illustrates is […]

Michael Bierut on Picking the Font

Michael Bierut on Picking the Font

A very readable piece over at Design Observer on picking the font: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface. Much more detailed and articulate than my mumblings on the subject. Photo: Stopping for breakfast ? by Ram V; some rights reserved.

The rock I've been under

The rock I've been under

In case you’re wondering where in tarnation I’ve been, the answer is “chained to my desk.” Man, this whole “job” thing is really cutting into my blogging time. For a while there, I was cranking out a shocking quantity of ads and posters and booklets and thumbnails and Quicktime clips. Now our two “festivals of […]

Book restoration in the Adirondacks

Book restoration in the Adirondacks

Bridget sent a link to a sweet article from Adirondack Life about Jack Fitterer, a book restorer and binder in upstate New York: Page Turners: The art and craft of bookbinding in Indian Lake. The earliest volume they’ve mended is a 15th-century prayer book with minute channels chewed through the pages by generations of actual […]

Coda

Coda

Has anyone been playing with Panic’s Coda yet? I just downloaded it yesterday, and I like it, so far, though I’m still feeling my way around. The CSS editor, in particular, makes sense to me. The tag autocompletion has been driving me a bit crazy, but not so crazy that I’ve turned it all the […]