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GoogleDocs font options INFURIATE me!!
The first four are: "Serif", "Sans Serif", "Wide", and "Narrow."
Do you think we're idiots, GoogleDocs? Call it goddamm Arial already.
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Okay, here is my official first foray into informative blogging. Please, critique me, because I've always been crap at writing well-organized non-fiction essays.


The purpose of typography is to communicate clearly. The type you're looking at right now communicates little relative to the type itself. The clarity of information is mostly limited to my own writing skills and possibly the font settings of your browser. (Are you trying to read this in dark red type on a black background? Are you masochistic?) But with the magic of typography, I could emphasize different points (as I will farther down. Behold the power of lists!) That involves more subtle stuff that I'll talk about later. For now, I'm going to start with type you see everyday, in branding and logos. Everyone wants to communicate with us for their own purposes. In the case of most logos, they want our money. Obama, with his distinctive logo, wants our vote. (And I'm not dissing him for that. I can't think of any other candidates who've used typography, graphic design and the marketing arts like he has. The guy knows what he's doing.)
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Oct. 18th, 2008 09:28 am
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Hey Everyone.
A couple of people have expressed an interest in learning more about fonts and typography. I've been thinking about doing it for a while, but figured it wouldn't be interesting for most people. Well, I'm going to do it! I'll start out with the general history, then move on to discussing the anatomy of letters and layouts. Maybe I'll throw in some bios of type designers. Maybe I'll mix it up. I've got to write a few entries first offline o figure out what I'm doing.

Does anyone have anything in particular they want to learn, or is my audience made up of people like at Foolscap, who just wanted to see "passionate people talking about something they're passionate about"?
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Hey, I'll be at Foolscap at the end of the month, and I'll officially be on my first panel since that BDSM panel at VikingCon way back when, before I knew what a panel or con even was, back when everyone in the audience had more experience than us panelists.

I'm on Typography 201 on saturday at 3:00, opposite Esther Friesner. But you don't want to see her, you'll be sick of her by Saturday afternoon. Come listen to me talk about the joy of adnate serifs. Mmm... serifs.
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I submitted it to Designorati's Gallery of Regrettable Type.
(Commentary his, not mine)
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So now I get to typseset a novel -- a novel co-written by someone I know! (And if you suspect who I'm talking about, don't say anything, because I think this is supposed to be a surprise) It looks like it's a pretty cute book, too. I'm having fun with it.

I always wondered what they did with manuscripts on the other end. Now, I get to figure it out on my own.

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