The Practice of Typography: Modern Methods of Book Composition by Theodore Low de Vinne is available in its entirety online. Originally published in 1904, the book is a treatise on typesetting and the arrangement of pages in books.
Trash Type, Rob Banham explores the lettering found on the side of wheelie bins. It’s something that I’ve always noticed too, maybe I’m just weird.
In a recent post at Signal vs Noise, Jason Fried argued that the Drudge Report is on of the best designed sites on the internet. I’m inclined to agree, not because it’s an amazing layout or well-coded, but because it’s iconic. His post made me a remember a parody of the site that I worked on around the time of the 2004 presidential election.
For those that don’t know, I used to work for a humour newspaper in university, called Golden Words (whose website appears to be non-functional). The newspaper is widely read, with a circulation of about 9000 copies every Wednesday morning, and could be roughly equated to The Onion or the Harvard Lampoon.
After a turn at the helm as editor in my final year, I returned periodically to make sure things were sailing along smoothly. Around the time of the US elections in 2004, I stopped by to see if the new crew could use some help. I was tasked with creating something for the back page, which was typically full colour and devoted to some sort of graphical mayhem or illustrated comic.
The Drudge Report’s iconic layout, and room for small photos and one-liners provided the framework for a quick and dirty send-up of the site. If I remember correctly, Alanah and I spent about two or three hours producing this parody of the Drudge Report for the 2004 Presedential election. It appeared on the back page of the paper around Hallowe’en, hence the zombie references. The line about Bush supporting fiscal responsibility is oddly prescient.
Processing is an open source programming language for visual artists, and has recent achieved its 1.0 milestone. Check out the flickr group and OpenProcessing for examples of what you can do with the software.
Grid Systems t-shirt that pays homage to Josef MÃ¼ller-Brockmann. I’m sure it would look less than flattering on me.
The top 10 typefaces used by AAUP book design winners. There aren’t any big surprises, but it’s a good list of sturdy typefaces.
FF Trixie has been updated and is looking good. I want it.
Unwanted Scrobbles, a brief list of the most deleted tracks and artists on last.fm.