I just read a very complimentary review of Keith Houston’s new book, Shady Characters, by Yves Peters over on Fontfeed. As they explain it, "GDUSAa€?starts each year by choosing a group of People To Watch who embody the spirit of the creative community. I was looking for an answer to that question and stumbled upon a helpful discussion in its forum. Though I haven't used their services, I adding the link to my resource list in case one of my regulars isn't available. Here's how they describe their services: "We have a pool of highly qualified proofreaders in New York City who are going to eradicate your errors like they are plagues.
The nut they crack, in particular, is the 4-color printing of books and magazines that can be case bound (hardcover), perfect bound (softcover), or wire bound—for prices you'd typically have to print in large quantities to get into the reseller range of profitability. In other words, whether it applies or not (some complex apps clearly do not lend themselves to a mobile interface), you need to have a mobile solution of some kind to achieve the highest search engine optimization. I know a lot of folks who work very hard at producing content for blogs, websites, and social network platforms.
There is a small group of people who don't seem to understand exactly how destructive it is to appropriate that content and call it their own. We have discussed what plagiarism and copyright infringement is, but I don't think we've ever discussed what to do when someone steals your content.
I was hashing this out with a friend recently who discovered someone copying his work and who was preparing to take steps to stop it. If you're looking for an e-commerce solution, I have used and highly recommend Big Commerce.
The annual number of weddings in the United States is 2,077,000 (CDC, National Survey of Family Growth) and the wedding industry is measured in the tens of billions of dollars.
If you have the occasion to design signage, you have probably searched for the hardware used to display it.
So, for example, I could design a corrugated plastic sign and have two copies printed for roughly $75 (plus shipping).
I point you to it (even if the courses it offers are not online) because I like the model (you might think of other applications) and I like the design of the website—the UI and the aesthetic.
Pricing, methods of pricing, the philosophy behind pricing, and so on, is a great controversy and quandary in the field of graphic design.
By the way: I have used Build A Sign a couple of times in recent months (to create banners for a client). My friend Wendy Kalman knows that I love maps and thought I might find this first project interesting, thanks Wendy, I do.
It is an excellent example of how visualizing data can bring data to life and effect us in significant ways. That got me looking and I have included some other interesting, interactive data maps below. I'm always curious about what we are currently teaching about marketing and design at the university level. To that end, here, from the publisher's website are two chapters from Integrated Advertising, Promotion, and Marketing Communications, by Kenneth E.
If primes, ampersands, and solidi don't float your boat, move on —this post is not for you.
Here's a helpful chart that shows common paper weights and their equivalents in various terms. So, in the event you need a solution for printing very large images, here are some examples and resources to get you started.
If you think determining what is and is not in the public domain is easy, you haven't dug deep enough. He explains some of the complexities of what he calls the science and the art of determining what is in the public domain and what is not. A new royalty-free image collection has sprouted up that is offering, what looks like, a very attractive deal—it's called the Dollar Photo Club. I must have been in the principal's office the day Kirby Ferguson introduced his Everything is a Remix series—somehow I missed it. Since 2010 he has published a four-part video series making the case that we have lost sight of the original copyright laws from which the concept of intellectual property grew. Ferguson says, "The belief in intellectual property has grown so dominant it's pushed the original intent of copyrights and patents out of the public consciousness.
This is the most interesting graphic design, illustration, photography, and intellectual property news I've read in the last five years: Today, Getty Images announced a new policy that allows users to embed millions of its images for non-commercial use. In the late 1940s illustrator Albert Dorne invited a group of fellow members of the New York Society of Illustrators to create a correspondence course which came to be known as the Famous Artists School. I received an email recently from a PR firm asking me to look at a product that requires a Facebook login as criteria for participation in the use of its service.
I wrote them back to say, "I've got to admit that I have a problem with services that use a Facebook login as criteria for participation in the use of a service. That's why I told the PR firm I didn't like services that require a Facebook login (for example) as criteria for participation in the use of a service.
Matthew Butterick, the author of Typography For Lawyers, Essential Tools For Polished & Persuasive Documents, has published a second book for a wider audience titled, Butterick's Practical Typography. In its Forward, type designer Erik Spiekermann explains, "A few hundred years of type and typography have established rules that only a fool would ignore.
I point you to it because I think it is a solid, straightforward text for learning the fundamentals of type composition and a useful introduction to Butterick's particular, workman-like approach to design and usage. It would be particularly useful to anyone who has an interest in typography but not a lot of experience with it. This article by Robert Wilson for Psychology Today points to the simplicity of the concept necessary to produce a effective sign. There is, however, a good rule of thumb: RAW, JPEG, and TIFF files can all be saved at different bit depths. It reminded me of a campaign that ran a bunch of years ago for a large state economic development agency. Someone mentioned recently, the technique of reading text backwards for proofreading purposes which prompted me to search out a more comprehensive list of tips. Reproduced from David Eugene Smith’s 1908 Rara Arithmetica, the last line of this manuscript contains the abbreviation pc?, with the ‘c’ pulled out into a long horizontal stroke. Writing in 1908, David Eugene Smith, later to be president of the Mathematical Association of America,1 reported on a peculiar find he had made in an Italian manuscript written sometime during the early part of fifteenth century. A percent sign written in 1684, as reproduced in David Eugene Smith’s History of Mathematics. Since then the ‘%’ has gone from strength to strength, and today we revel in a whole family of “per ————” signs, with ‘%’ joined by ‘‰’ (“per mille”, or per thousand) and ‘?’ (per ten thousand).


It’s undefined because every definition they considered resulted in the ability to write mathematical proofs with results analogous to 1 = 2.
It may be uncomfortable, but, like quantum theory, it’s our fault for having trouble accepting the nature of reality. Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. Punctuation is not a mere ornament or a curiosity — it is essential, and we need to know about it.
In unrelated but still exciting news, Oxford University Press recently named “hashtag” as children’s word of the year. Apropos of this, I was lucky enough to be asked to film a short video about the octothorpe for CBBC’s Newsround, a news programme for 6–12 year-olds, so I fired up my webcam and talked into it for a couple of minutes with only a moderate amount of self-consciousness. It always feels odd to me to see the word “Newsround” NOT preceded by the words “John Craven’s”, which perhaps is a sign of my age!
Speaking of the octothorpe (hashtag, pound sign, number sig,) why did Bell Labs feel it necessary to add two keys? Hi Jon — the underlying dialling system used two groups of tones, divided into low and high frequencies respectively (as described here), and approximately equal numbers of tones in each group. Bell Labs experimented with a variety of different layouts, including the ones you describe, but there was little difference among the top five layouts in terms of dialling speed and accuracy. Two Americana interrobangs – likely bold or extra bold, and at a large size for display purposes – gifted by Penny Speckter. The day after we arrived I had lunch with Brendan Curry, my editor, at a restaurant round the corner from W. I was a little anxious at the prospect of meeting someone with whom I had only ever communicated via email, but I needn’t have worried. Penny’s living room was lined with shelves bearing books on printing, with tiny hand presses arrayed among them.† After a slightly surreal introduction (“Hello! Penny insists that the secret to her longevity is a Scotch and soda every evening, but I suspect it’s more likely to be her sheer, irrepressible force of personality. We eventually made it to the restaurant, where we ate well and were turfed out gently as they closed for the night.
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Individuals we have come to know and respect for a combination of talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service. I always find it interesting and instructive to see whose ideas and opinions are currently capturing the attention of the creative community. Then go directly to (or don't go to) Pain in the English, the home of a proofreading service founded by Dyske Suematsu. After reading all the back and forth, I decided on "intentionally misspelled wording." Sleeper huh?
Cartographer Koen Adams, alerted me to his collection a while back and I'm just getting around to sharing it with you.
Many of the resources on this list will be of interest to, in particular, graphic designers. That said, I will minimize the length of the rope for this post in the hope of avoiding a hanging. In my search for further insight to share with him, I stumbled on this excellent discussion of the subject by "blog evangelist" Lorelle VanFossen. Those that compare two different versions of your text and point to the differences, sort lists alphabetically, by word order, and length, that remove duplicate lines, that number each line, and so on. If you ever perform some form of tedious manual text edit and think, there must be a better way, these handy text tools prove there is. As explained in an AIGA Los Angeles interview, designer Michael Stinson started TypeEd because he thought there was a learning gap between design school and professional practice.
It contains imagery in the form of books, periodicals, maps, and other materials containing countless type treatments, illustrations, and photographs. Here are just a few views on pricing—an indication of just how little experts agree about how to do it.
If you were to see this 2010 census data on the geographic dispersal of individuals people by race, as a chart, you'd interpret the information in a one way—see it mapped out, city by city, is something else entirely. If, however, you find such minutia interesting and useful, you have a great treat in store. I must admit I have not kept up with the changes in what is called, "grand format" printers.
Not only because I want to be sure I establish and maintain the intellectual property rights of my work, but because I occasionally like to find and re-use photographs, illustrations, and other types of ephemera in the public domain.
This link points to an excellent article by the Senior Policy Advisor to the Cornell University Library on such topics, Peter Hirtle.
However, free information about the subject is not all that easy to find and, when you want to know which agency currently services which clients (or vice-versa), it can come in pretty handy. Honestly, I simply don't want anyone looking over my shoulder any more than they already do, feeding me what they think I want to hear.
It discussed what they labeled "junk mail" and featured a reader who had collected a years worth of mail and done an analysis of how little of it addressed any of their real, personal needs. He is referring to the fact that many online services now operate using algorithms that determine, because a particular user has shown interest in "A," that they will, necessarily, be interested in "B." And that, based on the accumulation of that data, the services begin to feed the user more and more of what they have determined to be the user's interests to the exclusion of other, perfectly valid and useful information. And why we should hold dear what many demonize as "junk mail" and other forms of non-invasive media that provide us opportunities to see, read, and hear offers and ideas. And to those who write, edit, and compose pages for publication online or in print who want to learn some of the basics do's and don'ts. When you're charged with attracting the attention of folks driving by a business on a very busy road, you've got to strip away all the pretense. I stumbled on his timeline of 20th century art and new media recently and I thought it was particularly interesting. He wanted to know if I knew how much of a difference there was between saving a RAW file (out of Photoshop) as a JPEG file or as TIFF file. And one, common sense workflow would be to adjust the original image in RAW, save it as 16-bit RGB file, edit it in Photoshop, convert it to CMYK, and save it as an 8-bit TIFF or (some say) JPEG file. Yes, I know it's obnoxious, but as I've always said, I'd rather find out sooner than later. They ran a series of ads in business publications, I believe multiple times, before someone noticed that, in the headline of the ad, the name of the state had been misspelled. Like Nina, I had assumed that the percent sign was shaped so as to invoke the idea of a vulgar fraction, with a tiny zero aligned on either side of a solidus (???), or fraction slash. All very logical, on the face of it, and all based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how the percent sign came to be.


Even so, your mention of positive and negative numbers reminded me to amend the text to include them. No, not useful in practice, but conceptually it’s quite important—undefined seems poor design. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The handsome book on the right is the Chinese complex characters (also called traditional characters) edition, courtesy of Taiwan’s Rye Field Publications. Twitter says that it does not allow users under the age of 13, but it turns out that children, in Britain at least, are using hashtags in everyday language as a kind of intensifier or keyword marker. So using a hashtag in this way seems to be like a summary, a kind of tl;dr for people too lazy to read less than 160 characters. I suspect that engineering considerations pushed them towards a square grid, where it would surely have been easier to assign keys to tone pairs — one group for rows, the other group for columns. The underlying DTMF (Dual Tone Multi-Frequency) system provided for a 4 × 4 grid, though the extra column was reserved for more complex telephone systems such as intra-office networks and military applications.
I found a nice photograph of just such a phone on Flickr to help illustrate an earlier article about the irony mark. Not only had I never visited the city, but I was also eager to meet some of the people who have been involved, in one way or another, with the Shady Characters book. I’m Keith, from the Internet”) we proceeded to chat for hours – so long, in fact, that we were late for dinner by a full hour.
She has travelled widely (her first two trips abroad were to China and Nepal respectively), and at 93 she is the secretary of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen,6 a venerable New York institution that trains, supports and promotes the interests of skilled technical workers. Penny wouldn’t let us leave without some keepsakes, and we came away with a slip-cased copy of Martin’s book Disquisition on the Composing Stick7 and, to my continuing astonishment, a pair of the original interrobang sorts first cast for American Type Founders in 1967.‡ Though I’ve been writing about the interrobang for years, until that moment it had remained a sort of conceptual artefact, a grand idea never quite given form. Well, for starters: The invitations, the dress, the ring, the cake, the flowers, the photographs and videos, and that's just the obvious stuff. Meet Keith Houston, enjoy his wonderful blog, order your copy of his book, Shady Characters—The secret life of punctuation.
Ultimately, the known exceeds the unknown, and the user is isolated in a commercial, cultural, or ideological bubble. Yes, these forms of communication require you to exert the energy to accept or decline such invitations, but that seems like a small price to pay for the good that free, unfettered commerce and sharing provides. He shows us various movements in the arts and media against the backdrop of time, technology, event, population, and so on. As I researched it, I quickly realized it is a fairly complicated question and was reminded that there is virtually nothing easy about color workflows. They are most qualified to tell you exactly what type of files will be best and how to configure the settings. From its context, Smith deduced that pco was a stand-in for the words per cento, or “per hundred”, more often abbreviated to per 100, p cento, or p 100.2 It was the first step towards a distinct percent sign — and, counterintuitively, it had precisely nothing to do with the digit zero.
Taken from an Italian manuscript of 1684, as seen above, by now the word per had collapsed into the tortuous but common scribal abbreviation seen here while the ‘c’ had morphed into a closed circle surmounted by a short horizontal stroke. Nina and I can comfort ourselves that we are not the first people, and likely will not be the last, to have made the same mistake. The cover design is by Chang Lien Hung, aka elf-19, and I can promise you that it is far better looking in real life than my terrible photo makes it out to be. I must thank Newsround’s Ricky Boleto for giving me the chance to take part — Newsround has been on the air since 1972, and it was a pleasure to be able to contribute to a programme that I remember well from my own childhood! But in reality they read the whole thing anyway, so it’s actually like a punchline of a message. The miniature hand presses, Penny explained, came from Martin’s collection of printing presses; for years the Speckters had rented out the apartment opposite their own to house this collection of printing paraphernalia, naming it “the Bodoni apartment” in honour of the Italian Renaissance printer.
Though she grumbled about the challenges of helping run the Society, she clearly has an enormous sense of civic duty and an enthusiasm for carrying it out. Speckter, “The Neglected Tool,” in Disquisition on the composing stick, New York: Typophiles, 1971, pp. They can deliver a competitively priced, high quality product while they eliminate the complexities of language barriers, customs, quality control, and so on.
Taken post by post, page by page, and comment by comment, it might not seem like much, but add it all up and it is, in many cases, a substantial body of work. I don't know about you but I've been at this for a while so I find it useful to pull in other perspectives to ensure that my approach to things takes current, conventional thinking into account.
One printer, the "Infinitus" built by Big Image Systems, is in fact, capable of printing a 40 by 150 FOOT seamless backdrop.
To the contrary, I believe it's critical, at this particular place in time, to defend, even encourage, the sharing of products, services, and ideas through advertising (direct mail, newspapers, magazines, television).
Because if you knock a 16-bit file down to 8-bit before you edit it, you will likely remove critical, necessary information from the original. Specifically, as you divide any non-zero quantity by a smaller and smaller number the result tends ever closer to infinity (or rather, ±? as appropriate), until finally, when dividing by zero itself, you reach a mathematical singularity where the result cannot be computed — a numerical black hole of exotic properties and mind-bending implications.
These were blanked off at first, but were added later on to help control systems such as voicemail, telephone banking and so on.
It was great to meet him in person, and after learning a little more about those parts of the publishing process still to come, I’m more excited than ever about seeing the book in print. Though I had read about this in a 2012 interview,2 what I hadn’t known was that the Speckters had once emplaced a mighty Columbian press there,3 its ton-and-a-half bulk placed carefully across beams in the floor, and had played host to a number of luminaries of twentieth century printing such as Hermann Zapf4 – Hermann Zapf! Speckter had somehow willed a new character into physical being – perhaps the last one we’re likely to see in this post-letterpress era. It not only provides opportunities to buy, sell, and win others to our way of thinking, it is fundamental to the creation of commerce and jobs. All that remained was for the vestigial per to vanish and for the horizontal stroke to assume its familiar diagonal orientation — a change that occurred sometime during the nineteenth century — and the evolution of the percent sign was complete. I’d love to hear what Chinese-literate readers might think of it — if you lay your hands on a copy, please leave a comment below or drop me a line via the contact form! Though this is all terribly exciting from a philosophical point of view, it is not an especially useful situation to be in when trying to communicate the simple concept of division into hundredths. Either the ‘%’ had stumbled, blinking, from some secret garden of esoteric mathematics and into the real world, or there was more to the story. Penny is, of course, the widow of interrobang inventor Martin Speckter; we’ve been corresponding since I first started looking into unusual marks of punctuation back in 2009, and she has been a great source of help and encouragement.
After a few emails to confirm arrangements we met at her apartment for drinks and then dinner at an Italian restaurant a short walk away.



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