Here’s a roundup of interesting things that I could have posted during the hiatus:
- Typeface Terrorism.
- BBC News – Do typefaces really matter?
“If you think of ice cream, it (Helvetica) is a cheap, nasty, supermarket brand made of water, substitutes and vegetable fats. The texture is wrong and it leaves a little bit of a funny aftertaste.”
Rather than being the modernist font supporters say it is, he argues that Helvetica is based on “antique” designs and made up of badly executed letter forms, although he admits these are “tiny details” most people will never spot.
“Lower case Ss are notoriously difficult to get right. But in Helvetica it’s not straight – you want to go in there and tighten it up. And the ‘a’ looks so woolly and ill-conceived, it really winds me up.”
- Times paywall: the numbers are out (should we charge for this?)* | Beehive City
Number of people registering for The Times and Sunday Times websites during the free trial period: 150,000
++ Update 19/07 noon: I’m now hearing from official sources that this number is in fact somewhat higher. But I’m hearing no challege to the more important numbers below ++
Number of people actually agreeing to pay money: 15,000
This figure, apparently, is considered disappointing. And if it’s right it’s certainly a slow start (right now Beehive City considers itself bigger than Times Online, and we ain’t lying either). But you’d still expect that to build steadily from here even if the Mandelson memoirs haven’t delivered the box office.
But there is more obviously positive news too.
Number of people paying for The Times’s separate iPad application: 12,500
- Dead Butterflies: PHOTOSHOP DISASTER Lindsay Lohan’s magically moving bellybutton
- Project Canvas: Approval granted by BBC Trust – Pocket-lint
“Project Canvas will safeguard the future of the UK’s free-to-air TV platforms and allow new business models to thrive through an open, internet-connected, TV platform. This brings the benefits of next-generation TV to all consumers, including those who choose not to subscribe to pay-TV. We look forward to rising to that challenge”
- Recording Industry paid lawyers $16 million in order to reclaim $391,000
- Selina Scott accuses the BBC of ‘malign’ sexism against older women – Telegraph
- Raoul Moat: Seven Questions the Media Should Answer » Martin Robbins
Worse still was the degree of speculation and misrepresentation fed to the public by rolling news stations desperate for padding material and willing to exploit any witness statement to fill time regardless of how inane, unhelpful or unlikely it was. At one point, Sky News were seriously reporting the suggestion that the gun wasn’t loaded, with no credible reason to believe the account had any validity.
A dangerous stand-off became a media event, with the media openly encouraging citizens to play journalist and get as close to the ‘action’ as possible, all the while feeding them a stream of information the majority of which was clearly nonsense. In doing so, did the media help to put public lives at risk?
That is all for now.