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New Print Technologies Help Art Books Survive in a Digital World

Printed art books, often with special cover coatings, embossing and extravagant illustrations, deliver a sense of tactile immediacy.

Although the Typemaniac lives in front of a computer, he still loves buying, owning and reading real books. Thanks to Tony Zak, a member of our Northern Bureau, we now learn that art books are flourishing as meatworld objets d’art. Very cool!

Source: New Print Technologies Help Art Books Survive in a Digital World – The New York Times

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Snapchat changed its font and now life just doesn’t make sense anymore

According to graphic designer Tynan Humphrey, the old font appeared to be Helvetica while the new font looks like Avenir. “It’s a little lighter, and a bit more geometric than the old font,” he told the Daily Dot.

Snapchat changed one of their app’s fonts and hilarity ensued. Click to read the DailyDot article: Snapchat changed its font and now life just doesn’t make sense anymore

Hat tip to MrMild.

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If You Love That Font So Much, Why Don’t You Date It?

dating“If I were going to date a typeface, it would probably be something like Franklin Gothic bold condensed. The font is undeniably masculine—sans-serif, solid, reliable. If it were a human, it’d be the type of guy who would fix my broken sink and play football in the backyard on Thanksgiving. I’m not alone here. Lots of women find Franklin Gothic to be a total dreamboat.”

Besides gauging dateability, graphic designer Sarah Hyndman is researching how typography impacts our perceptions in other ways:

  • Can a font make a product appear more expensive?
  • Do fonts have recognisable personalities?
  • Can a typeface alter the taste of what you eat?
  • Can a font alter the mood of what you read?
  • When is a Serif a better choice than a Sans Serif typeface and why?

Source: If You Love That Font So Much, Why Don’t You Date It?

Hat tip: our Northern Font Observatory, headed up by MrMild.

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Attention Velox lovers

MrMild (he’s our Northern Correspondent) was chewing the fat with the Typemaniac over some old tech, like vertical studio cameras (the Agfa camera sucked big time but it was cheap so everyone bought it). . . . Now where was I? Oh, yeah. MrMild and I were talking about making veloxes using bump and flash exposures. MrMild then located this fine web page by Wendy Mukluk that covers all of that fine old tech. Read and enjoy!