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Jason Tselentis

Jason teaches graphic design and typography at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He developed an interest in typography during grade school calligraphy classes, and began analyzing fonts in comic books, science fiction, calculus texts, classic literature, and film titles. He created his own titling type using the Macintosh Plus at the ripe age of 11. Jason's admiration for typography wreaked havoc when he ran the 2001 Lincoln City Marathon and placed a disappointing 402nd out of 806 because type on billboards, T-shirts, and advertising distracted him. He's jogged fourteen times since then, but has not run competitively. In his spare time, Jason plays Jenga, and remains unbeaten. If you're interested in knowing more about Jason, please type his name into a Google.com search.

He is the author of Type, Form & Function.

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Nexus: Time to Change: Digital Design Advice To Change Your Life Pt. 2

Reinventing yourself as a digital designer? If you're not able to create digital opportunities at your existing job post, you may need to spread your wings and do it out of the office.

Topics: Interactive Design, Professional Development, Random, Studio Secrets

Nexus: Digital Design Advice To Change Your Life Pt. 1

Are you curious about what it takes to work in digital design? Moreover, do you foresee external factors requiring you to transition to digital design after years of working as a print designer? Maybe I should set the record straight before diving in: this is not a requiem for paper and ink, nor a love letter for all-things digital that tries to swoon you to working solely on pixel-based and screen media.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Nexus: Looking Forward to 2014

A look at interface, tech, and interaction design that became popular in 2013, and what it could mean for 2014.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random, Type

Nexus: Why Adobe Needs to Buy Dropbox

Who would benefit more from an Adobe and Dropbox merger? Designers, clients, or general users? I say "All of the above.

Topics: Interactive Design, Managing Design, Random

Nexus: Our Love Affair with Technology

If you see one movie this winter make sure it's Spike Jonze's "Her," which depicts a poor soul and his love affair with technology.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: Circular Profile Pictures Make the Rounds

If 2013 will be remembered for anything, it may be known as "The Year of the Circular Profile Image.

Topics: Branding Identity, Interactive Design, Layouts

Nexus: Debunking the iWatch Myths

There is only one answer to the question "Would an Apple wristwatch sell?" and debunking some of the iWatch myths makes the answer all the more evident.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: The Killer Mac Feature You're Not Using

Whether you're on Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, you should be using fullscreen view with your apps to increase your productivity and conserve your CPU use.

Topics: Interactive Design, Product Design, Random

Nexus: Interaction Expectations

It's an all too familiar problem: the input you expected to use on a digital device completely fails.

Topics: Interactive Design, Product Design, Random

Nexus: An Open Letter to Apple

Dear Apple, where do I begin? Like a child who anticipates his birthday, I looked forward to the 2013 WWDC.

Topics: Color, Interactive Design, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Developer's Tools

This list of tools will help you design for the web without tears—or at least less tears.

Topics: Interactive Design, Layouts, Managing Design

Nexus: Responsive or Adaptive, That Is The Question

Words like responsive and adaptive get thrown around whenever talking about how a website translates from one viewport to another, be it a television, desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, phablet, or phone.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: So You Want to Learn a Web Language

During the desktop computer revolution, some designers leapt at the computer, but others cringed.

Topics: Design Reference, Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: Popular, Lesser Known, and Prospective Browsers

If you thought the browser wars were over, think again.

Topics: Branding Identity, Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: Web Font Dossier

A wealth of type choices exist for use online so you can go beyond web safe fonts like Verdana and Georgia.

Topics: Design Reference, Interactive Design, Layouts, Type

Nexus: Cross-Platform Design

When it comes to tablets, phones, and computers, consumers have more choices than ever before.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: Digital New Year's Resolutions (with a Little Print Too)

Whether you work in print, digital, or both domains, it can be easy to fall into a comfort zone.

Topics: Interactive Design, Professional Development, Random, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets, Type

Nexus: Online Portfolio as Blog

Those unfamiliar with web design often struggle with finding the best way to get their work online, but two blog platforms can make it easy.

Topics: Interactive Design, Professional Development, Random, Self-Promotion

Nexus: 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide

The Nexus Holiday Shopping Guide has a smattering of gadgets, toys, and hardware for all ages.

Topics: Product Design, Professional Development, Random

Nexus: QWERTY or Not QWERTY: That Is the Question

The QWERTY keyboard has pervaded our lives, whether we type on a phone, tablet, or computer.

Topics: Random, Type

Nexus: Mapping the Internet

If you had a map of the Internet what would it look like? How complex would it appear? Yahoo! as it appeared on December 27, 1996, via the Wayback Machine.

Topics: Interactive Design, Random

Nexus: Libraries, pPubs, Ebraries, and ePubs

What will the library of the future look like? Chances are you've already seen it, only it's less about place and more about pixels.

Topics: Interactive Design, Packaging

Nexus: When Starting Out, Sketch It Out

Because web design ends with a digitally rendered composition, designers may be tempted to jump right to the computer for prototyping.

Topics: Interactive Design, Layouts

Nexus: Standard Operating Procedures

When it comes to repetitive design and production tasks, it helps to let the software do the work.

Topics: Interactive Design, Layouts, Random

Points, Pixels, Paper: A Twitter Advertising Model

Twitter could transform their interface into an advertising delivery mechanism anytime.

Topics: Branding Identity, Interactive Design, Layouts, Random, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Invoicing for Designers

Freelance designers often manage all operations, from concept to roughs to design and final production.

Topics: Professional Development, Studio Secrets, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Eloise the Intertype

Designers can choose from a wide range of artifacts to collect.

Topics: Handmade, Random, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Electronic Media

Should all designers understand and be able to design for the web? Not necessarily.

Topics: Design Reference, Interactive Design, Layouts, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Type in the Real World Vol. 3

Volume 3 of Type in the Real World looks at typographic packaging, signage, cement art, and temperature.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Packaging, Random, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Sizing Web Typography

Designers and developers size typography for the screen using points, pixels, ems, or percentages (often denoted by simply %).

Topics: Design Reference, Interactive Design, Layouts, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Ten Alternatives to Impact

Are you getting bored with using Impact for your Microsoft Word desktop publishing projects? Don't have a lot of fonts installed on your PC? Here are ten heavyweights to use instead of Impact.

Topics: Design Reference, Layouts, Professional Development, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: GOP Typography Roundup

"Ask not what your typeface can do for you, ask what you can do with your typeface," is a slogan that many of the Republican nominees may have subconsciously thought about since launching their campaign for the Presidency.

Topics: Branding Identity, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Out of Sorts and Other Font Phrases

When I learned how to set metal type, my instructor taught us the difference between job cases.

Topics: Random, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Type in the Real World Vol. 2

Volume 2 of Type in the Real World looks at typographic left-overs, for sale signs, newspapers, and weather maps, among other spectacles.

Topics: Branding Identity, Environmental Design, Layouts, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Typography Holiday Shopping Guide Vol. 2

This second installment of the Points, Pixels, Paper Holiday Shopping Guide has gift suggestions for type nerds.

Topics: Random, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Typography Holiday Shopping Guide Vol. 1

This first installment of the Points, Pixels, Paper Holiday Shopping Guide has gift suggestions for type nerds.

Topics: Pattern & Palette, Random, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Type in the Real World Vol. 1

This is the first post in a series I'll be calling Type in the Real World, where I share typography found in my everyday surroundings.

Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Environmental Design, Packaging, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Dumb Quotes, Primes, Apostrophes, and Quotes

One of the more common issues designers have to deal with is the primes versus quotes versus apostrophe conundrum.

Topics: Design Reference, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: Combining Fonts

Combining different typefaces can be a mysterious and vexing endeavor for neophytes or even experienced designers.

Topics: Layouts, Type

Points, Pixels, Paper: To Hyphen or Not to Hyphen, That Is the Question

One of the more common digital typography mistakes happens when a hyphen is used incorrectly, such as substituting it for an en or em dash.

Topics: Layouts, Type

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.

Topic: Type

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: Random, Type

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: Product Design, Type

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: Branding Identity, Type

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: Branding Identity, Type

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.

Topic: Type