If you pay attention to my photographs, I usually sign my name on each image, usually somewhere in the lower right hand corner, shadows permitting. I have a Photoshop action that selects the font tool, and types out my signature in a new layer. I use the Move tool, and drag the signature somewhere not too obnoxious.
Way back in the dark ages of the internet, there was a small company that advertised in various computer magazines. Basically, for $30 (I think), you drew out each letter in the alphabet, upper case and lower case, numbers, some additional characters, and your signature. RAILhead Fonts hand-coded a personal font for you in Macromedia Fontographer, and then sent it to you as a TrueType font on a floppy disc. Since the formats of fonts haven’t changed significantly, I can still use that font on my current computer, over 15 years later.
They did a decent job capturing my scrawl, I do still write almost like this:
A few letters from my handwrithing font.PNG
There are other methods of signing your image – you could scan a piece of paper that you signed and use that as a stamp. Or even take a digital photograph and use that. Or use a tablet, etc. My way is preferable, and scaleable, since fonts are vectors, I can change the size of the signature so that it is proportional to the photograph.
You Too Will Eventually Disappear
There are days when I miss working in an office with other people, and not just with cats and computers.
Listen up. I know the shit you’ve been saying behind my back. You think I’m stupid. You think I’m immature. You think I’m a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I’m Comic Sans, and I’m the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.
(click to continue reading Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole..)
I’d love to print this entire rant and leave it out by the coffee machine. Sigh.
People love me. Why? Because I’m fun. I’m the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business’ website? SMACK. Like daffodils in motherfucking spring.
When people need to kick back, have fun, and party, I will be there, unlike your pathetic fonts. While Gotham is at the science fair, I’m banging the prom queen behind the woodshop. While Avenir is practicing the clarinet, I’m shredding “Reign In Blood” on my double-necked Stratocaster. While Univers is refilling his allergy prescriptions, I’m racing my tricked-out, nitrous-laden Honda Civic against Tokyo gangsters who’ll kill me if I don’t cross the finish line first. I am a sans serif Superman and my only kryptonite is pretentious buzzkills like you.
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First heard of this book when reading that St. Patrick invented lowercase letters
Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone
Lens: John S
Film: Kodot Verichrome
out of print – this is the 1971 revised edition (not the original 1948 edition which is rarer).
purchased used for about $4, via the internet tubes.
For your daily dose of font nerdery
A few years back, Jasper Bear, one of The Globe’s founders (I designed their logo), gave me a wonderful book called “The 26 Letters” by Oscar Ogg, which was all about the development of the 26 letters of today’s alphabet. Jasper knows I’m a font geek (ahem, “letterforms enthusiast”) from way back.
Anyway, the book’s retelling of St. Patrick’s story was interesting, not only because of his escape from his Roman captors, but because of his invention:
St. Patrick invented lower case letters.
In Ireland, a Celtic land, people used an uncial alphabet. It kind of looks like the writing on the Lord of the Rings cover. When the Christians came with the Bible, it was written in a Roman alphabet, which at the time was all upper-case, like the writing you see on buildings.
St. Patrick devised a transitional alphabet designed to serve between the Roman and Uncial alphabets. Today we call it lower case.
[Click to continue reading why saint patrick’s day should be celebrated with lowercase letters « arellanes.com]
Much better reason to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than watery, domestic that’s been tinted green with Monsanto-created food dyes…
They couldn’t decide which font face they liked better, so they tried all three.