Typo with Lego
October 15, 2004 1:58 PM   Subscribe

Lego® — The Type Designer's Friend Renowned typographer Mark Simonson, in a quiet post to his lovely website, displays genius in a solution to a problem created by a need to capture thirty-five year-old fonts stored on spools of negative film so they can be revived in digitized form.
posted by tenseone (12 comments total)
That's two uber-geek front page posts in a row, both freaking neato.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:14 PM on October 15, 2004

Mark Simonson is a genius. And also a very charming & pleasant person.
posted by luriete at 2:42 PM on October 15, 2004

It completely slipped my mind when confronted with the imposing act of composing a post:

Mr Simonson is, among other things, the author of the must-see if you have an interest in typography and films: Typecasting.

I feel safe in assuming this has been gifted to a previous MetaFilter post.
posted by tenseone at 2:42 PM on October 15, 2004

Very clever. I would have been blown away if he roboticized it like he talked about.

Typecasting was discussed here.
posted by O9scar at 3:12 PM on October 15, 2004

Anything Lego is bound to be cool, I wonder if he was able to take a tax write off on his Legos now that he was using them in his business?

Very cool stuff! And it makes me want to go home and pull down my big box of Legos and waste the weekend making spaceships and cars.
posted by fenriq at 3:47 PM on October 15, 2004

[this is very good]
posted by shoepal at 5:10 PM on October 15, 2004

Jesus Christ those fonts are breathtaking.
posted by notsnot at 11:11 PM on October 15, 2004

Wow. I wonder where I put the pieces of the Mindstorm...
posted by dejah420 at 11:13 PM on October 15, 2004

Needs more minifigs!
posted by chrid at 4:53 AM on October 16, 2004

I used to work in a molecular biology lab which had a bunch of expensive robots. One of the PhD students needed a particular kind of operation that these robots couldn't do, so she bought a MindStorms kit and some accessories made it up herself.
posted by grouse at 5:44 AM on October 16, 2004

This is good! Thanks, tenseone!
posted by Lynsey at 11:55 AM on October 16, 2004

luriete is right. I was fortunate enough to have lunch with Mark at last year's TypeCon and was blown away by his modesty and wit.
posted by Monk at 3:09 PM on October 16, 2004

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