typography

“artistic standard designs, fit for a palace”

“artistic standard designs, fit for a palace”

Jonathan McNicol clearly does not have enough to do. To stay out of trouble, he’s started typesetting a free Greybean edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, pages of which he expects to be posting daily until some time in October. This kind of fits in with something Margaret, Shelby, and I were talking about doing last […]

Font Consultant to the Stars Star Trek

Font Consultant to the Stars Star Trek

My former colleague Lawrence Levi, of Looker and The Breadline, reports that “the new Star Trek movie‘s final credit . . . is for FONT CONSULTANT. Yup. He’s Richard Massey, . . . who was part of the initial design team of Cabinet magazine.” Lawrence then directs our attention to “an outraged design blogger, the […]

Big Is Beautiful

Big Is Beautiful

I like getting to play Dear Abby! Though lately my responses read less like sage advice and more like columns by The Non-Expert—only not funny. Yesterday Sarah wrote with some questions: Since 2002, I have been editor for our local historical society’s 20-page quarterly. When I first started, I did it in an old version […]

Pinch on pages

Pinch on pages

Pinch, a design office in Portland, Oregon, have* shared a summary of their typographic standards for Hawthorne Books, a literary press also in Portland. And while I very much like the house design they’ve come up with, I have a few quibbles with their write-up of same. Pages are expensive, and here is where working […]

How to pick better fonts

How to pick better fonts

How do you pick your fonts? It’s easy! Just look at type samples and find one that catches your eye. Throw that one out. All this month, Tom Christensen of the always interesting Right Reading has been guest-blogging over at ForeWord magazine. For his final post, he offers “a simplified speed course in making books […]

Hitler’s subtitler starts moonlighting in Web development?

Hitler’s subtitler starts moonlighting in Web development?

And, speaking of parodies, did anybody else just get this e-mail from FontLab?

Hitler’s subtitler gets a cheap font CD

One of dozens of Downfall parody videos. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, but if you haven’t been subjected to them yet, you may find this instance amusing. Update, 4/26/2010: Sigh. Well, the video’s been pulled, so in its stead, I give you the EFF‘s own Downfall parody:

“I’ve got science for any occasionPostulating theorems, formulating equations”

“I’ve got science for any occasion
Postulating theorems, formulating equations”

This is so wonderfully geeky I can barely stand it: Last week I mentioned the atomic pen, which scientists used to construct some awfully tiny letters one atom at a time. These are small letters indeed: measuring two nanometers in height, they’re about 1/40000 the thickness of a human hair, which surely gives their inventor […]

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I should feel jazzed that a person I used to work with, who at that time did not know InDesign from Address Book, is still using my files as templates for new books today in his busy freelance design business. Being a spiteful, negative, […]

Make hay while you can still hit the nail on the head.

I spent most of last week TypeCon, where I took three classes and attended about half of the presentations. The highlights were, hands down, the day I spent making mudpies at Hal Leader’s aptly named Paradise Press and Erik Spiekermann’s obscenity-laced presentation on opening night (big, big crush). Overall, I think this was my favorite […]