Moon | Typeset In The Future

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For dedicated Media students, it really does’t get any better than the website Typeset in the Future, which is  blog dedicated to typography in science fiction films.

For anyone who wants to learn about the power of type to evoke an era and to create a mood, look no further.

And for my students who think my obsession with type is a bit strange, please note that I did not start that blog. Other people are, in fact, far more obsessed than I. I’m the well-adjusted one.

This typeface is OCR-A, which was designed in 1968 for use in optical character recognition systems. It’s actually an ISO standard for character recognition. Moreover, it looks like THE FUTURE, and so it makes a perfect choice for on-screen interstitial positioning shots. (Matthew Skala has very kindly made a modern implementation of OCR-A available for free on his web site.)

Read more: Moon | Typeset In The Future.

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New Statesman to go back to the future with masthead makeover

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We’re delighted to announce that the New Statesman is unveiling a brand new look to celebrate its centenary, using the popular Comic Sans font. Starting today, we’ll be replacing our web header and text fonts with Comic Sans, and the magazine will soon change too. Here’s our new masthead:

Read the rest, before 12: New Statesman to go back to the future with masthead makeover.

Free Promos on two of my Kindle books start this Friday

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Don DeLillo (Photo credit: adm)

A couple of free promos coming up.

Of Type and Time, my book about typography from a critical theory perspective, will be available for free on two coming Fridays: Friday 29 March 2013 and Friday 5 April 2013.

Events and Local Gods, the Kindle version of my PhD Thesis on five novels by Don DeLillo, will be available for Free weekends, starting on Friday 29 March till March 30 2013, and then again on Friday April 5 to April 7 2013.

Typography Book links:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

DeLillo Book links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Of Type and Time: the naked letter and the parasite: my new ebook about typography

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Typography arouses passions, and has been doing so for more than 500 years.

From the very beginning of moveable type, there has been debate about what is the “ideal” letterform, and printers through the ages have made arguments for different styles of letters. Gutenberg based his type on the national handwriting of the time, while his student Jenson went back to the 9th century to base his first roman type on the Caroline minuscule. The Caroline (or Carolingian) minuscule has a history itself, dating back to the Roman half-uncials of the 3rd century. Uncials, minuscules: names for different kinds of letter. Minuscules are what we call lower case, but the phrase lower case itself only dates back to the invention of printing.

This new ebook, Of Type and Time is a critical investigation into debates concerning type design, with a focus on legibility and the endless search for the “perfect” letterform. Originally produced as a Master of Arts dissertation in Critical Theory, this updated and revised text links the discourse around type to ideas about noise in communications and cultural movements, including Arts and Crafts and Modernism.

The theoretical approach is based on the work of French polymath Michel Serres and his work on noise/interference in communication. I try to relate the endless arguments about type legibility (how easy it is to read) to Serres ideas about essential noise within communication systems. I also point to a solution to the argument about what exactly is the “perfect” letterform.

The 2013 version of the text has been changed to reflect some of the changes since 1996, when it was first written, and the illustrative material has been enhanced.

The book is available now on the Amazon Kindle store.

Here’s a link to the Amazon US store. The book is also available (in English) in other territories.

Loaded magazine covers

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Guardian Media section has a nice gallery of Loaded magazine covers from the classic years.

This is an example of a new kind of magazine (Loaded was the first so-called Lads’ Mag) making a huge impact on the market with a powerful design philosophy – from typography to photography, Loaded was immediately distinctive. It went a bit lowest-common-denominator after it saw competition from the likes of Nuts, but there’s a lot here to inspire.

If you, for example, were working on a coursework project that called for a magazine cover design, you could do worse than look at the way Loaded entered the market. Attention to detail is all.