Monday, April 21, 2008

fun with fonts

Bloggers -- myself included -- seriously love typeface and fonts. It's a weird phenomenon, but it becomes an obsession. There have been some great posts recently about font that I thought might interest other huge fucking nerds font scholars out there.

1. the font game. Andrew Witherspoon and I netted a score of 22 on our first try.

2. top fonts of 2007. I like BistroScript.

3. adobe's SERIOUSLY FASCINATING post on the ampersand. You think I'm kidding. I'm not. It's really interesting:
When creating a new typeface, a designer can inject the most artistic flair into the ampersand character. The term ampersand, as Geoffrey Glaister writes in his "Glossary of the Book," is a corruption of and (&) per se and, which literally means "(the character) & by itself (is the word) and." The symbol & is derived from the ligature of ET or et, which is the Latin word for "and."
4. type city. This reminds me SO MUCH of Katie's (sp?) text project in class.

5. This documentary on the printing press has FINALLY been posted on YouTube and it's INCREDIBLE.
The Machine that Made Us: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

(here's part one):


Will F said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I love investigations into how things came to be or how things work. If you are interested in this kind of thing, I recommend you go the the NOVA site (part of PBS). They have some pretty cool documentaries such as the quest for absolute zero, which is about trying to reach the coldest temperature possible. Another cool one is the Elegant Universe which talks about string theory and other concepts in modern physics.

sophie said...

i knew we were soul mates.