Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Stephen Fry, meet Kinetic Typography.

This is brilliant! Watch it!

“… but do they bubble and froth and slobber and cream with joy at language? Do they ever let the tripping of the tips of their tongues against the tops of their teeth transport them to giddy euphoric bliss?”

This essay speaks to the concern that we’re forgetting to enjoy language these days. Or that all the grammar nazi’s of the world are keeping us from doing so, indirectly dulling the progression of language itself.

I’m a cheese-ball for british accents and alliterative writing. This video is plain entertaining for me, but Stephen Fry has a totally valid point.

That’s sketchy

Imagehttp://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/09/07/drawing-mark-making-creative-way-maximize-design-ideas-type/

As a confused arpy (copy+art) writer and director, I found this article interesting. I had never seen text layout design drawn like this before, and then I realized I had. I sketch layouts of things all the time. Anyone who created anything probably sketched it first. Whether it’s on a napkin, a mirror, or your own skin, it’s nice to know that drawing is still one of the purest form of design creation. 

“Drawing often pushes us into unexpected and exciting avenues of design that we might not have otherwise considered. An amazing link is forged between the brain and hand, effectively enabling the translation and visualization of even the most subtle design ideas, including textural and tonal variations. The act of drawing is an expression of this link.”

Well, to put it frankly

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This is the fluffy post by Frank Ocean that stirred up the world for a hot minute. In 2012, Frank Ocean was the first male rapper to come out as a bromosektual. When I read this for the first time, I couldn’t help but smile at the irony. His hit “Swim Good” was my early-college anthem through some rough times as a homo-teen but I never expected to relate to him THIS well. 

Aside from what he was saying (or whispering, rather) to the world, I think his delivery was ingenious. By this point Frank had developed quite a following on Tumblr, in addition to other social websites. He knew people were listening. So I commend his decision tuck his secret in an eloquent story where only thoughtful readers would realize it said “I’m gay”. Hidden messages caught in thick, descriptive, diction is what intrigues me about great writing. It’s this sort of beauty advertising sometimes try to mock to sell things.

Can a promotion ever feel as real as real?

Oh my! Jenine, COVER YOURSELF!

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http://craigmod.com/journal/hack_the_cover/

This was an article I found on Seth Godin’s blog. It’s an attractively written piece by Craig Mod about book covers and how they are subject to change in our progressing world of reading.

“There is a tremendous opportunity for book designers and software engineers to figure out what our digital book procession should be. There’s clearly something lost when you’re thrown into a text without context — but how should that context be delivered? What ‘function’ should a cover serve in the digital book space? And even: What is the cover?”

Mod’s lengthy article begins with many classic covers you’ve probably seen already. Then he discusses innovations and design in digital book covers and series of covers. Visuals in this piece really had me thinking on the books I’ve read, especially as a kid. The cover of a beloved and classic story can make or break its success in the stores, or online, or even in conversation. This is another form of advertising that I love and had forgotten about entirely.