I collect typefaces. There, I said it. I hoard them, the way magpies and jackdaws used to collect milk-bottle tops and still do with discarded foil wraps. It sounds terribly banal – deeply boring and very, very sad. In fact, […]
Month: April 2021
Typeface of the week – Gill Sans
Gill Sans is a humanist sans-serif typeface. It was designed by Eric Gill and released in 1928 by the British branch of Monotype. The face itself had humble origins. In 1926, Gill was commissioned to paint a fascia for a […]
The best of all possible worlds?
All’s for the best in the best of all possible worlds. (orig: Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles). This was the maxim of Dr. Pangloss in Voltaire’s political satire, Candide. Whatever misfortune befell, Dr. Pangloss […]
BAD DECISIONS AND BIG APOLOGIES BY PREMIER LEAGUE TITANS I made the catastrophic error of drinking coffee after 6.30 pm. I knew it was a bad idea, but did it anyway. The coffee was Vietnamese. Delicious – but kept me […]
Hung, unhinged, and hanged…
Civilised people abolished capital punishment long ago, so let’s put the black cap aside for the moment. Words themselves are not guilty. That opprobrium belongs to the perpetrators who misuse and abuse them to string together offences such as ‘going […]
Typeface of the week – Georgia
At TriMedia, we take an interest in publishing right down to the letter. So, beginning today, we will be bringing our followers a regular column, Typeface of the Week; a brief insight into where the typefaces we use come from, […]
What is corporate copy?
I didn’t get into writing to be a corporate hackette. I wanted to write for magazines – to edit and produce them. I wanted the freedom to be creative. To work with a like-minded team, cultivating leads, conducting interviews, and […]
A rational approach to music theory
Written music conveys information from the composer to the performer who then presents it to the listener. Some of this information is essential and some is extra. In simplest terms, essential information is ‘what to play’ and extra information is […]