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Here’s an useful chart that summarises, very simply, how to use 15 punctuation marks, ordered by difficulty. This was created by Curtis Newbold who runs a blog called The Visual Communication Guy. Nice work, sir.
Download the hi-res version here.


“You start with the capital ‘O’ and the capital ‘H’. Once that has been locked down, you can design the capital ‘D’.”

Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones used to run the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world. They created fonts used by a whole range of people and organisations  from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.

Such a specialised field. Such a fascinating field. And for me, such an important field. Wrong typeface, in my view, can ruin a perfectly good piece of work. As a content guy, good font selection can transform text from “readable” to “enjoyable.”

It’s also a complex field – you need to be detailed at the individual level as well as understanding that any micro changes to a character, punctuation mark or symbol affects the “whole.”

As a side note, I love the font used for the comedy movie, “I’m still here.” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck (it’s at 4:02). 

OK, maybe not everyone feels about font like I do. But if you love font design, watch it.

Move over Letterman, here are Letter Men.


Presented by AIGA to celebrate H+FJ’s 2013 AIGA Medal, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Directed & Produced by: Dress Code

Cinematography by: Andre Andreev

Edited by: Dan Covert

Music & Sound by: YouTooCanWoo

Animation/Design: Evan Anthony, John Custer, Joe Donaldson, Emil Bang Lyngbo, Josh Parker, Eddie Song

Principal Cast: Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones

Shot on a Canon 7D

Folks, this is good. Really good. I’ve gotten a slight insight into people with autism through a commission I am working on. People with autism and their families lead lives which are different from what we call mainstream.

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Go to this post by Doug Pedersen. He’s created a series of graphic design art pieces  called “Hindered Thoughts”. This series was built around phrases spoken by his 5 year old son with autism. In his words, “the words are disassembled and rearranged to simulate for the viewer the difficulty an autistic person has putting words together.”

Just like us, people with autism and their families have difficult moments. Sometimes these difficult moments are exacerbated by us not understanding what autism is. So I’m a fan of anything that raises awareness of autism.

In reality, they are just like you and I. We all have our differences.

If you want to know more about autism and support this community, check out St. Andrew’s Autism Centre.

Here are some of the designs by Doug.

Go Outside

Don’t Want to

Put By Sink

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