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Scripturient: Back to black

I had noticed of late that several websites are more difficult to read, that they opted to use a lighter grey text instead of a more robust black. But it didn’t dawn on me that it wasn’t my aging eyes: this was a trend. That is, until I read an article on Backchannel called “How . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Back to black

Scripturient: Designing Type

Karen Cheng’s 2005 book, Designing Type, is the third of the recent books on typography I have received*. Of the three, it is the most technical, appealing to the typophile and design geek more than the average reader. But it’s also a ref… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Designing Type

Scripturient: Frutiger vs Palatino

In a recent review of Sarah Hyndman’s book, Why Fonts Matter, I casually commented that, You can no more adequately comment on the relevance and impact on the viewer of, say, Frutiger versus Palatino, without discussing the design and layout in w… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Frutiger vs Palatino

Scripturient: Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility

The human brain is truly a remarkable machine.* We can see a bunch of lines and in that same brain turn them into an M and know it’s not a V or an N or a K or W. Yet M isn’t a ‘thing’ – it’s an abstract representatio… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility

Scripturient: Why Fonts Matter

The first problem I have when receiving a new book on typography is that I spend far too much time looking up the typefaces described or sampled therein, and searching for them online, instead of reading. Then I start looking at (and critiquing) the ty… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Why Fonts Matter

Scripturient: Marketing Wow

Advertising and marketing, design and public relations, influence and persuasion – they all fascinate me. I love to listen to Terry O’Reilly’s show on CBC (both Age of Persuasion and Under the Influence). I’m actually reading on… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Marketing Wow

Scripturient: Amateur layout and bad ads. Again.

I see the Town of Collingwood is still letting the EB layout its full page of ads in the paper. Tragic. Embarrassing. Cringe-worthy. The latest back page mashup has as its first ad the worst of the worst sort of ad layout, the sort only amateurs wou… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Amateur layout and bad ads. Again.

Scripturient: Type Crimes and Taxes

Type crime is the term author Ellen Lupton uses in her book, Thinking With Type, to describe egregiously bad typography. That description came to mind as I perused the latest fluff mailer from our MP; the so-called “Tax Guide.” So-called be… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Type Crimes and Taxes

Scripturient: Just My Type

Those long legs. Gently sloping shoulders. The swelling curves above and below. The sophisticated line of the throat. Everything to attract me, to draw my aging eye, to warm my heart. The sensual Bembo. She’s my kind of type. Bembo is one of the… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Just My Type

Scripturient: CRAP Design

CRAP: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity. An unfortunate acronym from the four basic principles of graphic design first expounded in Robin Williams’ delightful little book, The Non-Designer’s Design Book. It’s now in its fourth edition, adding 24 pages since the last edition, almost 50 since the 2nd and more than 100 since the first). Of all . . . → Read More: Scripturient: CRAP Design

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Ampersand, Etc.

Among my many iPad apps is a simple one called ‘Ampersands.’ All it does is display, in large format, numerous ampersands from different typefaces. A brief introduction tells the viewer it was the designer’s intent to show how the character had become art in it its own right. It accomplished that to some degree, but . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Ampersand, Etc.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: 1927: Ads, Layout and Typography

As promised, here are the first 20 scans of the ads from the 1927 North American Almanac I recently mentioned. If there is interest, I’ll do another set later this week. There are probably another 40 or 50 pages of ads in the book. I think these ads give us a wonderful window into the . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: 1927: Ads, Layout and Typography

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Of Type and Typography

Humans have remarkable ability that is shared by – as far as we know – no other animal. We can turn abstract images and symbols into meaning. Words are, of course, the prime example, as old as our history. We can turn a word like dog, tree, table or vacation into a broad and deep . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Of Type and Typography

Sketchy Thoughts: Socialist TV Typeface Videtur Finally Freed

Socialist TV Typeface Videtur Finally Freed http://ilovetypography.com/2013/04/06/socialist-tv-typeface-videtur-finally-freed/

on the main Kersplebedeb website: http://kersplebedeb.com/posts/socialist-tv-typeface-videtur-finally-freed/

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Fonts of The Fridgularity

TYPOGRAPHY One of the ideas that I play with in The Fridgularity is that the entity Zathir — you know, the one that takes over the Internet and promptly locks all humans out of it — is actually a conglomeration … Continue reading &#85… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Fonts of The Fridgularity