Family vs Variable Font Friday

The fearsome Hydra provides a handy illustration of current vs. future trends in digital typography.

  • Current: typeface “families” with a different cut for each style: e.g. 8 pt/12 pt/ 18 pt, thin/regular/bold, condensed/regular/expanded, etc., and combinations thereof. (“Cut” refers to the metal type of yore, in which the master for each style was literally cut differently out of metal.) Each style is contained in a separate file.
  • Different cuts are/were important to customize each version of a typeface to maximize its legibility and readability at any given size/style. (E.g. more space on either side of letters at small sizes so the eye can differentiate between them more easily.)
  • Future: typefaces that are designed so that a single master style dynamically (mathematically) alters itself to suit the designer’s need. All styles are contained in a single file, smaller than the many files of the family versions. 

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Foot Font Friday

"All Is Fair in Love and War" foot tattoo

A lot of people seem to get type tattoos on their feet. Judging by images online, most of the tattoos are on women, and are inspirational (“Live Laugh Love,” or a serotonin molecule labeled “Stay Positive”). Some are foot-specific (“These feet are made for dancing”) and a few are names (“Amanda”). Many of them use the swooping, unreadable script I mentioned in my blog post Flash Font Friday. A large number of the tattoos are on the side of the foot, possibly so they’d be hidden by most women’s shoes.

Inspirational

"Live Laugh Love" foot tattoo

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Looove cards to my husband – update July 10, 2020

Bound Valentine’s Day booklet, 3″ x 2″. Design, text, illustration, production. “Everything the bunnies say is true | in all the world the one I choose is you | You’re the star I’ve hitched my wagon to | And all my kittens are belong to you. | Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetie!”

Yes, I know, it’s disgusting, the sappy. But he’s great, and I’m a designer, so it was inevitable.


Below is a selection of the Valentine’s Day, anniversary, holiday and other cards and gifts I’ve given him over the years. I should note that neither cats nor rabbits know how to spell “anniversary.”


“Happy Anniverserary” flip book card with kissing cats.


Red handmade paper wrapper, 5.5″ x 5.5″, containing folded origami paper—silver- and gold-speckled cream outside, red inside—which opens to reveal white card with demon skeleton cat with red heart in thought bubble. Tiny text reads, “meow! happy valentine’s day 2020 to richard from nicola.”

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