Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category

One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with other curious, creative people — especially when those people become real-life friends. I wrote about graphic artist Carolyn Porter last May after being deeply moved by the beautiful but heartbreaking story behind a font she designed. But I never imagined she would email me many […]

Today, 80 percent of the world’s inhabitants will invoke some long-lost connection to the Emerald Isle as an excuse to drink Guinness and wear green. But I’d rather celebrate another of the great Irish exports today: the incomparable Irish wit. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I won’t mince words: 2013 was pretty shitty.* I came home from holiday in January to find my home destroyed. The months that followed brought indescribable stress as Esteban and I struggled to understand the insurance process, salvage our possessions, and rebuild our house. But only recently, with the clarity of hindsight, did I discover […]

Chalkboard cards and signs seem to be all the rage these days. And although I tend to avoid most trends, I’ll admit I rather fancy this fad. This morning I was brainstorming titles for a script I’m editing, when I stumbled upon this quote: It’s a bit simplistic, but it really hit home. I decided […]

Yesterday I noted with dismay that it had taken fewer than 12 hours for my pal Chank’s newest mural to be defaced by taggers. Tagging is pathetic. The ultimate form of mindless self-involvement, it consists simply of painting one’s name or initials ad nauseam on the sides of trains and buildings. Tagging litters our urban […]

One of my favorite things about working with graphic designers is that—from a design standpoint—my copy is inconsequential. In fact, my designer friends would just as soon paste in some “Greek” as they would my carefully crafted prose. Never mind that the Greeked-in copy is actually Latin. Look at a rough layout, and more often […]

I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I last wrote about typography. (If you’re a font geek, you may want to check out my list of common typographic diseases.) Typography is one of my secret obsessions. Maybe it’s because—as a writer—I know that mere words will only get me so far. Words may […]

“Be here now.” A four-year-old child might be able to write those words, but this 40-year-old woman is still struggling to live by their simple admonition. Over the past few days I’ve been struck by how little control we really have over our lives. Esteban and I had plans: We were going to save our […] released its monthly newsletter today—and perhaps predictably, a look back at the top fonts of 2010. Some of them were fanciful … … while others were clean and spare … A couple felt nostalgic … … while two others were decidedly hand-drawn and modern: But what struck me about the top fonts, as a […]

Today I had lunch with my friend Tom (aka., The Blogfodder). I admire Tom tremendously. He’s brilliant and cultured, but he’s also practical and down-to-earth. He’s kind and generous, yet he keeps me honest. And above all, he has a wicked sense of humor. We laughed at the goofy dish names as we perused the […]