Fans Font Friday 1 – Flirtations

Apart from the small matter of the horrifying death and illness we see around us and in the media, by now we are all heartily *tired* of this pandemic. Whether we are stuck at home, stuck working, stuck taking on new household/schooling responsibilities, any combination thereof or—I hope not—stuck in bed with *any* ailment, a diversion is necessary.

Behold: April is fan month!

For the next three weeks, I’ll be bringing you font-related posts about hand fans: the old, the new, the folding, the fixed, the genteel, the rude. Today’s post is about the Victorian language of flirtation using fans (and other items).

Ways to tell the coronavirus: “I wish to get rid of you.”

  • Twirling a fan in one’s left hand or, alternately, placing it to one’s left ear
  • Biting the tips of one’s gloves
  • Twirling one’s handkerchief in the left hand
  • Carrying one’s hat in the left hand
  • Folding up one’s parasol
  • Placing one’s stamp in the left corner of one’s envelope

As a left-handed person, I am buoyed by these acknowledgements of the power of the sinister (see what I did there?).

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(Rainbow) Flag Font Friday

In-person LGBTQIA+ celebrations may be cancelled this year, but a new(ish) typeface can soothe your wounds with rainbow colored curves and strokes. Behold: the typeface “Gilbert.”

[Update] I’m getting some formatting errors in this post, so here’s a link to the original article: https://www.typewithpride.com/


On 31 March, 2017, Gilbert Baker, the creator of the iconic Rainbow Flag, sadly passed away. Mr. Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. To honor the memory of Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself to create a free font inspired by the design language of the iconic Rainbow Flag, the font was named ‘Gilbert’ after Mr. Baker. A preview version of the font can be downloaded for free in the download section.

(Videos, animations and lots more type specimens at https://www.typewithpride.com/.)

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Fur and Feathers Not-Font Not-Friday-Either

The human world is going to hell—if it’s not there already—but our animals still need us. No fonts today. Long post.

TL;DR 

  • Walking your dogs and petting your cats (and other critters) helps both them and you
  • I miss my kitty “socializing” at the SF SPCA
  • The Fear Free® training program was helpful for me

Aces and Eights, peaceful for once

From the soothing effect of watching fish in a tank to the warm wiggliness of a guinea pig to the calming reaction to petting a dog or cat, and then the frisson of sensation as the cat bites you, animals provide an important presence of unconditional love in many of our lives. And they inspire us to give them unconditional love back. Right now we need them, and they need us, more than ever. With many of us staying home from work or school, if we can, pets are receiving an unexpected but welcome bonanza of attention.

In San Francisco, we’ve been under “shelter in place” orders since Tuesday, March 17; just a few days but it feels longer. Taking breaks from worrying about the terrible and undoubtedly soon-to-be-worse pandemic apocalypse, shortage of PPE for our beleaguered medical staff and first responders, governmental clusterfuck of inaction and bad information—where was I, right, taking breaks—to pet and play with our animals can help reduce our considerable stress, and enhance the bond between us and them. Animals pick up on our stress too, so you can reassure them with petting, exercise and (occasional) treats.

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Fonting While Female Font Friday

Golly gosh, folks, this Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day! Isn’t it neat that they let us ladies have a whole day to ourselves? And a whole month to ourselves too? One out of twelve is just nifty! In any case, I thought I’d celebrate the day’s novel status with some typography for this, my cute li’l typography blog, and look for women-oriented fonts.

Skip to here for the #resistance.

Here’s the very first thing I got when I googled “female” and “font” on March 8 last year:

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Foam Slime Font Friday – Late Valentine’s Day Edition

Yes, today is oops, six days ago was Valentine’s Day, the American holiday compelling those with partners to give expensive pink and red gifts to their sweetheart(s). Also in the offing: chocolates, flowers, lavish diamond jewelry, marriage proposals. Obligatory! Compulsory! And of course if one does not have a partner(s), one is a failure as a human being, a disappointment, a loser. Hang your head in shame!

Here’s something fun to do that might take your mind off the madness:

Valentine’s Day Foam Slime Recipe

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Looove cards for my husband – Feb. 2, 2017

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 holiday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary and other cards and gifts I’ve given him over the years.


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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(Oscar) Film Font Friday

The Oscars are on Sunday, February 9! Here’s a great breakdown of the design of posters of some leading films. See also Film Fonts Friday 1; (Bond) Film Font Friday; Film Font Friday, Wes Anderson Edition; and Font Film Font Friday.

Read the text below, or click the link for the full interactive experience.

Washington Post article about posters for some 2020 Oscar-nominated films.

With streaming services like Netflix and Amazon overpowering the box office, movie posters have had to adapt, with an emphasis on scalable design. Film studios are now tasked with the challenge of making sure that the actors are recognizable, that the type is readable and that, foremost, you’ll want to press play after a quick scan.

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Flying Font Friday 2

From My Modern Met.com.

Also see my post Flying Font  Friday 1, about airport signage.

Alphabet on Butterfly Wings

Norwegian nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved has devoted his photographic career to capturing the beauty of the world we live in and along the way, amassed a collection of butterfly and moth images with interesting patterns on their wings. Sanved’s keen eye took notice of the spectacular shapes the natural designs came in, recognizing their resemblance to letters of the alphabet. As a result, he formed the Butterfly Alphabet.

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