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Re: Typography

Post by Sootyzilla » Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:05

Wheatabeat wrote:
frogblast wrote: also:
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(Didot & Helvetica)
This reminds me... does anyone ever write a's like that?
I do sometimes. It depends whether I'm writing in roman or italic.
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Fri Jan 09, 2009 14:17

(this seems like the most sensible place for this. if there are a load of closet typewriter geeks we may have to start a dedicated thread)
i went to pick up my new (old) typewriter from the post office yesterday. it is an imperial good companion, very similar to this one:
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although mine still has the case. the range of fractions it can type is quite amusing: 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/8, 3/8, 5/8 and 7/8. yet it doesn't have a key for the number 1, you have to use a lower case L, or for exclamation marks, you seem to have to construct those with a ' and a .

i'd forgotten how loud typewriters are. *clack clack clack* *ding* *bzzz* *thump*
how the hell anybody ever typed quickly on one of these things i've no idea; you have to give the keys such a belting (a new ribbon would probably help a bit with that). It occurs to me that most people younger than me have probably never used a manual typewriter. i had one as a kid, but never really used it (other than to see how many keys i could get stuck together at once) and my parents had an electric word processor (most other people probably had a computer by then)
and here is a nice picture of the middle of an imperial good companion from flickr:
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Re: Fonts

Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 09, 2009 16:18

That's a thing of beauty. Did you find it on Ebay? I was thinking of buying a typewriter as well but now my old one is being shipped over from Greece soon so I won't have enough space for two. Mine's an Olivetti, very modern and quite compact compared to yours but still completely manual. It was my birthday present in 1993 so I could write my fanzine because I was old skool, man, and refused to do it on the Amstrad. So I spent the rest of the summer making a complete racket every night and having to type all the English bits in caps because the typewriter was Greek. It was brilliant. When you mentioned the noise, I also remembered how typing on them totally ruins the tips of your fingers. I'm so happy I'll have mine in my arms again soon as we've been apart for over 10 years.

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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Fri Jan 09, 2009 16:33

crystalball wrote:That's a thing of beauty. Did you find it on Ebay? I was thinking of buying a typewriter as well but now my old one is being shipped over from Greece soon so I won't have enough space for two. Mine's an Olivetti, very modern and quite compact compared to yours but still completely manual. It was my birthday present in 1993 so I could write my fanzine because I was old skool, man, and refused to do it on the Amstrad. So I spent the rest of the summer making a complete racket every night and having to type all the English bits in caps because the typewriter was Greek. It was brilliant. When you mentioned the noise, I also remembered how typing on them totally ruins the tips of your fingers. I'm so happy I'll have mine in my arms again soon as we've been apart for over 10 years.
yeah, i got it from ebay. there's usually at least one good companion on there, though the prices they go for vary wildly; i saw one go for over £150 not long before i bought mine (which was £13).
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Re: Fonts

Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 09, 2009 16:36

13 quid! That's amazing. Was it in good condition then and will you able to find ribbons for it? It really is very pretty.

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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Fri Jan 09, 2009 17:58

(plus ten quid postage since it's quite heavy) it's in fairly good condition, considering it was made in 1938. the case is not so good.
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i think it should take a standard 1/2" ribbon, but i'd probably need to wind it onto the old spools. the one that's on it works well enough for now.

(ah, the things you find on the internet: Collecting Typewriter Ribbon Tins)
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Re: Fonts

Post by a layer of chips » Sat Jan 10, 2009 08:56

That really is completely lovely.

I used to own a typewriter (also to do a fanzine, Marianthi), but it wasn't as glam as that. I'd love something like that, but I'm not sure I'd dare use it. Yeah - they used to cane the tips of your fingers!

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Re: Fonts

Post by humblebee » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:47

This is making me nostalgic for the old design of the MJ Hibbett & the Validators website.

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Re: Typography

Post by ponytail » Mon Jan 12, 2009 13:53

Wheatabeat wrote:This reminds me... does anyone ever write a's like that?
Eeee I do! I taught myself a year and a bit ago. It took a while before it started feeling natural but now I look at my handwriting and feel REALLY cool! I did the same with 7s with a dash through the middle when I was in primary school I remember. Writing is the best.

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Re: Fonts

Post by anders » Mon Jan 12, 2009 14:14

I write a's like that too! - and I have been since I was maybe 15. It's even better in Norwegain cause it makes your æ's look a lot nicer as well.*

*Heh, rude!

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Re: Typography

Post by Gordon » Wed Jan 14, 2009 21:24

ponytail wrote:
Wheatabeat wrote:This reminds me... does anyone ever write a's like that?
Eeee I do! I taught myself a year and a bit ago. It took a while before it started feeling natural but now I look at my handwriting and feel REALLY cool! I did the same with 7s with a dash through the middle when I was in primary school I remember. Writing is the best.
I taught myself 7s with a dash when I had to fill out reams of hand-written spreadsheets with tiny numbers on them (about 10 years ago), and needed to be able to read my hand writing. Now I can't do them any other way. I'm fine with my As, though, thanks.
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Mon Feb 02, 2009 16:33

i'm in love with this font family: Neutraface, based on the work of architect Richard Neutra. (and no, i haven't bought it - just look at the price!)

i was looking for a really modernist kind of font for a poster i'm making about risk perception of nuclear power. i doubt the markers will appreciate it, but it amuses me.
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Wed Feb 11, 2009 14:18

you would think a geography department would know better than to specify double line spacing for all dissertations.

virtually none of the individual lecturers have ever asked for it (one or twice i've had things back with comments like

"please use double line spacing", but i will only do it if i'm submitting something to somebody who has specifically

commented about it to me before - i think i've only submitted a double spaced essay or lab report twice in 4.5 years)

double spacing is so ugly, wastes so much paper and makes it harder to read things. even if it does increase reading speed, which i

doubt, it totally fucks up visual identifiers of structure like paragraphs. if they were genuinely worried about

readability then they could specify sensible margin sizes and serif fonts. (how many books or magazines have you

ever read with double line spacing?)

i suppose they would also claim it's so they can make comments - but i don't buy that. it's not like it's a piece of work

we're going to want to get back and look at detailed feedback for. and how much can you really write between

lines?

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Re: Fonts

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Feb 26, 2009 09:42

Someone just sent me a press release written in 18pt comic sans.

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Re: Fonts

Post by indiehorse » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:59

a layer of chips wrote:Someone just sent me a press release written in 18pt comic sans.
I hope it was magenta.

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Re: Fonts

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:00

His name was Colin.

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Re: Fonts

Post by indiehorse » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:04

a layer of chips wrote:His name was Colin.
I wonder what his ties are like. I bet they're brilliant.

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Re: Fonts

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:33

a layer of chips wrote:Someone just sent me a press release written in 18pt comic sans.
Just send him a reply back in Wingdings or something.
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Re: Fonts

Post by Sylvie » Thu Feb 26, 2009 15:20

a layer of chips wrote:Someone just sent me a press release written in 18pt comic sans.
I hope you didn't complain about that in the office or you might get accused of being "verbally negative". Yes, that was the reason my ex-boss used for pulling me into an office for a bollocking. Incidently, it was bright pink comic sans too...

Seriously though, isn't comic sans the most unprofessional font ever? It should only be used by stupid people who think it looks fun and friendly for car boot sale posters.
Just be nice to me.

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Re: Typography

Post by obo-bobolina » Thu Feb 26, 2009 16:22

Wheatabeat wrote:
frogblast wrote: also:
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(Didot & Helvetica)
This reminds me... does anyone ever write a's like that?
I've only just seen this. I write mine like that, yeah. I don't recall when I started or why, but I simply cannot get out of the habit now. My "e" is more like a little rounded E too. I hate my hand writing, but I can't seem to make it pretty even if I try really hard, so I just try not to think about it mostly.
Give over.

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