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Cinematypography

I love it when I can touch on more than one of my pet interests at the same time. Here David Corti combines design and film in Cinematypography.

What Font Says 'Change'?

The first time I've heard suggested that you can pick a presidential candidate based on his or her chosen typeface. Maybe there's something to it - my favorite font is my previously approved candidate. (And yes, the candidate is in that shortlist, which may come as a surprise to those even somewhat familiar with my radical politics.)

(Via Seibuone.)

The Font Revolution

Virginia Postrel has an interesting piece in The Atlantic about the rise of new typefaces:

Beginning in the mid-'80s and accelerating in the 1990s, type design weathered the sort of radical, technology-driven transformation that other creative industries, including music, publishing, and movies, now face. Old business models and intermediaries disappeared seemingly overnight. Software replaced industrial processes. Tangible products--metal, film, computer disks--dissolved into bits and bytes sold over the Internet. Prices plummeted. Consumers started buying directly. From their kitchen tables, independent designers could undertake experiments that had once required bet- the-company investments. "Having an idea for a typeface used to be like having an idea for a new-model car," says [Michael] Bierut. Now the distance between idea and execution, designer and user, has contracted.

This is definitely an article for non-typography geeks - in fact, it's almost an introduction to these kind of geeks, and an attempt at explaining what aspects of our culture and technology have made the typography revolution possible.

The article is subscription-only, so I'm linking to the Reason post that mentions it - you can click on the link there to read the full article.