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Re: Fonts

Post by Gordon » Mon Mar 02, 2009 22:26

(what's wrong with the Euro symbol?)
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Wed Mar 04, 2009 20:14

imagine my delight this morning when a couple of books i ordered arrived and i found one of them used comic sans throughout. by which i mean it's a book about the history of graphs so it has a graph on just about every page and they used comic sans for all the labels/titles etc on every graph. well, apart from the ones that were reproductions of old graphs by Playfair etc, although i've just found one original Playfair graph that they've stuck a load of comic sans on. which is just about the biggest crime against typography that it's possible to imagine.

what makes it even more galling is that they used nice fonts for the rest of the book: Adobe Garamond and Akzidenz Grotesk (the font that helvetica is based on)

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Re: Fonts

Post by Sootyzilla » Wed Mar 04, 2009 20:28

frogblast wrote:imagine my delight this morning when a couple of books i ordered arrived and i found one of them used comic sans throughout. by which i mean it's a book about the history of graphs so it has a graph on just about every page and they used comic sans for all the labels/titles etc on every graph. well, apart from the ones that were reproductions of old graphs by Playfair etc, although i've just found one original Playfair graph that they've stuck a load of comic sans on. which is just about the biggest crime against typography that it's possible to imagine.

Can't you return it and get a refund?
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Wed Mar 04, 2009 20:40

Sootyzilla wrote: Can't you return it and get a refund?
heh. it is actually an interesting book (what i've read so far). it's just a shame that the graphs are so ugly.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trout-Other-Tal ... 691103011/
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Re: Fonts

Post by Concrete » Wed Mar 04, 2009 21:02

frogblast wrote:heh. it is actually an interesting book (what i've read so far). it's just a shame that the graphs are so ugly.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trout-Other-Tal ... 691103011/
That's sneaky, that - you have to scroll all the way to page 11 to find out.

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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Tue Mar 10, 2009 21:57

Sootyzilla wrote:Currency symbols are obsolete. ISO 4217 all the way.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7923825.stm
It has billionaires and big ambitions. Now India wants something that no global economic powerhouse should be without: an international symbol for its currency.
The hope is that the rupee sign will become as ubiquitous as the US dollar ($), or that instant emblem of the digital age, the @ symbol.
But how easy is it to launch a symbol on the international stage and land a coveted place on keyboards the world over?
It doesn't happen very often. One of the most recent symbols to make the leap, the € for euro, had a long and difficult birth.
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Re: Fonts

Post by crystalball » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:37

Anyone seen this?

The best bit is trying to think of a name for your font.

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Post by indiehorse » Thu Apr 02, 2009 13:42

crystalball wrote:Anyone seen this?

The best bit is trying to think of a name for your font.
That looks great; I'm going to try it out when I get home. I tried looking for some font generation software previously and it all seemed kinda fidly.

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Re: Fonts

Post by linus » Thu Apr 02, 2009 13:56

I'm having a go on that!

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Apr 02, 2009 13:57

indiehorse wrote: kinda fidly.
There's your font name right there!
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Re: Fonts

Post by crystalball » Thu Apr 16, 2009 22:52

This is a nice website if you like looking at things and going "oh, that's lovely", like I do.

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Re: Fonts

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:23

humblebee wrote:Font quiz!
I got about half right. I got a bit frustrated as I knew more but not the names.
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Sun Oct 18, 2009 17:37

Anybody interested in fonts, type and poetry might enjoy the Concrete Poetry stuff that's on this autumn in the Edinburgh galleries and libraries. The exhibition in the Dean Gallery is really worth a look (and entry is free).

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there's lot of concrete poetry stuff at ubuweb as well — which I've not read — and there are lots of pictures if you follow the links to the pages for individual people
unfortunately, a lot of the links to the individual people are broken; an extra /historical/artistsname gets put in the url, so you have to manually delete it. hopefully you can see what I mean when you look at the address that gives you the 404.

A full list of the events and exhibitions is on the Scottish Poetry Library website
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Re: Fonts

Post by soft revolution » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:42

If you're thinking about using Comic Sans, this flow chart seems a pretty useful reference

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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Thu Dec 17, 2009 01:57

what in the world…
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Re: Fonts

Post by frogblast » Thu Jan 21, 2010 21:50

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Re: Fonts

Post by Final Loan » Wed Apr 21, 2010 16:55

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I may be ugly and hate-filled but... wait, what was the third thing you said?

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Re: Fonts

Post by Concrete » Wed Apr 21, 2010 20:39

You see, I like that as I'm a chemist and all, but it's not the same shape as the periodic table. It's all wrong in the higher groups...

Sorry. Still a good find...

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Re: Fonts

Post by Final Loan » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:33

It's a bit bigger than I thought it'd be too... Oh well...
I may be ugly and hate-filled but... wait, what was the third thing you said?

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