I was taking some bottles and cans out to my in-law’s garage for recycling when I saw a bunch of tall cardboard boxes to be discarded. In a creative burst I was downstairs with a box cutter, tape and markers starting to build a castle for my nieces and nephews. Two hours and a few beers later, my father-in-law, brother-in-law and I had created this very unique surprise for the kids. These moments are what fuel my creative fire and I hope to connect with that spark more often this year.
Some people knit or train spot in their free time. I… organize my font library. Serif or Sans Serif – Blackletter or Didone, there are standard classes that exist. I have been forced to create one class in my library reserved for an elite group called “WTF/Amateur Night”. I don’t want my eyes to burn from your horrible designs any more. Please follow these guide lines before committing any further glyph genocide.
DO NOT GENERATE FONT FILES IF:
- …you designed 15-30 letters for a typography II / graphic design class.
- …you really like a logo and want to turn it in a font.
- …you are modifying five glyphs in a classic font (I’m talking about you “Coolvetica”).
- …you run an existing font through effects or filters. (It’s not the 90s anymore).
- …you don’t know what kerning is.
- …you can barely use the program.
- …you don’t understand the concept of path direction.
- …you are a beginner.
The above listed are all great explorations in design and I urge you to explore and tinker until your heart is content. Just don’t generate the font. Once you create a font and email it to a friend it is carved in stone. Years from now it will find it’s way into thousands if not millions of font libraries as debris – visual noise to wade through like a flooded basement after your septic tank bursts.
Don’t do it!
I keep thinking about the industrial revolution and wonder what it was like to live through it. It must have been exciting. The ideas that became the automobile, the assembly line and our modern way of life.
20 years ago today’s Internet would be considered science fiction… but here we are and It’s just the beginning. But where will we go from here? What will our great thinkers come up with next? How can you and I be a part of it?
In 2001 I was in Greece digging up pottery that hadn’t seen light for 2500 years. The site had aqueducts and complex street layouts. It is amazing to me that cultures were so advanced even back then.
Can you even imagine what culture will exist 2500 years from now? I don’t know if I can. If the world is still dominated by our species, relics of our customs and technology will most certainly be the building blocks.
There are certain days when the weather is truly perfect. Today is an amazing sunny fall day. The trees are still full of turning leaves and the air shifts from warm to cool. The smell of the decaying leaves and burning fires mix and noise of the city seems quieted.
The world that we design should free us up to enjoy more of these moments. The programs, websites and tecnoledgy that we conceive should help optimize our work time and free up our play time.
With love and best wishes,
I went to bed at 1:00 – up at 6:00. It’s a surprise that I’m thinking so clearly. Sometimes I realize things about myself -this morning it is that I really enjoy pushing my limits.
As I drove down an empty Broadway street I passed the old gym that my dad use to go to. He would wake up at 4am to go play raquetball. He’d get to his office first and make coffee, go ever his day, etc. If he were around, I could ask him things big and small. I think that he would tell me to stop thinking about those things and enjoy the fact that I am here: alive and taking full advantage of each breath.
The term “time management” has become ubiquitous. As I was taking a shower this morning, I thought about passion and inspiration – and how they are so hard capture. How many times have I recorded an idea on my phone at 3:30 in the morning or scrambled out of the shower searching for a notepad in a moment of unconscious thought? I don’t know… not enough as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t “managed” it yet. But as I age and continue to understand more and more about myself, I pick up tricks and habits to hang on to these illusive and unquantifiable gems.
Many people are afraid of RFID chips. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want an implant either… Fear shouldn’t be a focus. Focus = Goal, so don’t focus on it unless it is what you want to expand.
When I go hiking I don’t worry about falling off of a large cliff – I am careful, but focus on the goal of enjoyment, the outdoors, distance, etc. I think as humans we need to prepare and if we don’t want RFID chip implants, than more of us need to speak up and do something about it!
Now, here is the point that Brave New World enters the conversation again. In BNW it isn’t that the establishment is a “Big Brother” type entity that is forcing us into slavery . It is much more elegant of a solution than that, the establishment distracts the masses with the modern trends and cultural intoxications.
The world exists right out in front of everyone’s face to see but no one can grasp that they are a relevant force capable of effecting and even steering the course of society.
Kind of half-ass blog this time… I’ll come back to it later.