Thursday, February 16, 2006

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I like the fact that Strickland is so into typography.

I can't say people have been using strange coding systems for messages since written language developed, but I can say that most people are creative enough to develop their own typographic code. Sure, some of these "codes" are impractical, but they get used (try going online and chatting it up with someone using leet-speak, or "l33t").

Companies like P22 Type Foundry have made huge strides in the design world by creating fonts like "P22 Cage Silence," a font with no bit-maps that can't be spell-checked.

As strange as these two variation on typography are, people actually adapt these strange types of type for some kind of use. Who really cares about readability when there's creativity to be enjoyed? Any designer with a brain in their head will use an easy to read font for something that needs to be read - let the weird fonts out of the barn, but for the sake of art.

3 Comments:

At 12:40 PM, Blogger BP said...

Why is it that "weird" fonts aren't used in newspapers, books, magazines, etc.? Would it not grab the viewer's attention?

Advertisements use novelty fonts to get attention. Why not use the same tactic to get somebody to pick up a newspaper?

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Julius said...

A regular font makes a newspaper title easier to read and to recogize. It supports a magazine's credibility. The reader is supposed to understand the message easily and should not spend too much time by thinking of the font itself and being distracted.

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

I enjoy looking at new types of fonts and typography. I would say with newspapers and magazines we will be seeing more and more of fun fonts and differnt ways to write words... just to gain attention. It's like a little puzzle to solve.

 

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