Thursday, September 30, 2010

more typeface adorableness

This will wrap up my typeface obsession for the week with another cute idea I wish I did. When looking at this, I did think about how I would like to have a tool that would help me identify typefaces from each other. Almost like a flashcard type of thing, that would have like 200 typefaces in alpha order to get to know them better. Does anyone know of anything like that?

Anyway, I like the design of this, particularly the simplicity and straight forwardness of the solutions. It's like a one page version of our Type Index books. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

typefaces adorableness

I like anything that tries to organize typefaces. I'm not sure I can completely explain it. I can tell you I like type and I like categorizing and labeling. So I retract my previous statement. This periodic table makes me think a few things:
1. What a cute idea!
2. I would like to make my own periodic table of typefaces.
3. I could do a better job. Right?
4. I should buy this poster for my house?

And so on. You get the point. I don't know how I feel about the word Typefaces - I think the two parts of that word are set in different weights but maybe that's just sleepiness talking. What do you think?

Monday, September 27, 2010

verbal definition

The other half of the show and tell for this week is the verbal definition. I don't really like this advertisement much, something I would generally skip right on by if I were reading the magazine normally. But since I was looking for something that spells something out very explicitly, this was a winner. To be fair, the food sounds good, but it's probably hard to make lobster ravioli sound unappealing. The more I think about it, I would like to eat this...

visual definition

For show and tell this week, we had to find a good visual definition, which I think this small article in Real Simple accomplishes. I like the equation format as it doesn't require any reading to understand how to make a tropical dog. Photographically, the main hot dog and its variations look pretty delicious and true to how messy these would be in real life - something that just makes sense to me. It does seem like the side dishes may need the description next to it, the bacon just looks like wavy plastic. But otherwise, a win!

Friday, September 24, 2010

a context for liking comic sans

Probably the best thing about one of the most hated typefaces. It's pretty much cliche to dislike Comic Sans at this point but since I continually see it used inappropriately, I will continue to feel disdain for it. Please enjoy this comical little piece, unless of course you are offended by profane language - then I would just skip right on by this link.(You beat me to it Crystal, but I'm still doing it anyway!)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

smoking advice

Adorable, right? If I ever needed a motto, this is the one. I generally prefer illustration over photography and simple illustration above all; I hope I can develop those skills at some point in this class. This came from an article about good advice from fathers, but I enjoy it out of context even more. It almost reminds me of MadMen a little, so surprise surprise I like it!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

good food writing

When it comes to food, I must not have paid attention to my mother all the years I was at home. I lack some of the more basic food skills that would be useful now that I live on my own, such as how to cook meats. Thankfully I'm nearly a vegetarian and only eat meat when I don't have to personally handle it. So whenever I come across Real Simple articles that help me know more about cooking meats, I invariably save them since I know I need some help. I particularly liked this article because it is picture-heavy and features concise text. And those ribs look great! Now I just need someone to cook them for me...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

is this above cheese?

I have a serious thing for cheese. I wouldn't call it a love affair, but more of a long-term love that has grown over time. Personally, I prefer salty, hard cheeses but that's a discussion for another time. It is my general love of cheese that gave me the phrase "above cheese", which could use some explanation.

Some time ago, I was attempting to date someone who would politely be referred to as pretentious and honestly referred to as completely obnoxious and insufferable.  While this person was nice enough, he was also an amalgamation of all the traits I thought I would like in a person but to a degree that I couldn't stand any of those traits. That said, I couldn't really put any of this into perspective until I had an idea. What if, to continue dating him, I was forced to give up cheese? Would I do it? The answer was a resounding no.

I currently use this idea throughout my life. My brother will ask me, "Is _____ above cheese?" and suddenly everything falls into perspective. To be honest, I'm only 50% kidding...

So if you read through all of that, good for you! From here, it's going to be wall-to-wall design talk so please comment and enjoy!