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September 17, 2011

Points, Pixels, Paper: Where Have All the Specimens Gone?

In order to preview a typeface, designers used to request specimen sheets in the form of printed catalogs, flyers, or posters to see how the characters looked, and if the face would work well for their project.

Topics: Topic: Type

September 1, 2011

Points, Pixels, Paper: ASCII Art, from Text to Image to Text

Long before high definition displays rendered millions of colors before our eyes, writers, artists, programmers, and designers used simple alpha-numeric characters to create imagery.

Topics: Topics: Random, Type

August 16, 2011

Points, Pixels, Paper: iPad App Teaches Typography

Exploring how emerging technologies can help in the classroom has undergone a Renaissance thanks to tablet computing and other touch screens such as iPhones and iPods.

Topics: Topics: Product Design, Type

August 1, 2011

Points, Pixels, Paper: Heroic Typography

While travelling to my first San Diego Comic Con this Summer, I began to wonder, "How many heroes use typographic monickers?" I arrived at this incomplete list while visiting the booths and watching costumed attendees (now called "cosplay") at Comic Con 2011.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Type

July 18, 2011

Points, Pixels, Paper: Movie Poster Typography: A Mid-Year Review

With the Summer movie season in full swing, I'll visit theaters at least once per week from now until September 1st.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Type

July 12, 2011

Points, Pixels, Paper: Typographic Symphony: Pining for the Sheet Music of Old

Designers, musicians, and producers spend an equal amount of time lamenting how music packaging has changed from large record sleeves, down to cassette cases, into CD jewel cases, and down to digital JPEGs.

Topics: Topic: Type