Type, handwriting, and lettering
August 20, 2006 7:50 PM   Subscribe

How arrange text on Web

posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:03 PM on August 20, 2006

MetaFilter: It may look striking. But people hate reading it.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:05 PM on August 20, 2006

Damn it, Wolfdog, I was just going to say that.
posted by emelenjr at 8:08 PM on August 20, 2006

The handwriting stuff is simpler than I imagined (and increasinly important to me for some reason). I should practice all of it, and see if I can transform my labored and inefficient chicken scratchings into something more continuous and legible.
posted by SteelyDuran at 8:11 PM on August 20, 2006

"Introduction to text massage"

How does one become a text masseuse?
posted by Auguris at 8:14 PM on August 20, 2006

Well, I guess you start with the introduction!
posted by danb at 8:17 PM on August 20, 2006

My handwriting is embarassing. Thanks for the link.
posted by dobbs at 8:25 PM on August 20, 2006

I'm no longer just massaging text -- I'm rolfing it.
posted by SteelyDuran at 9:01 PM on August 20, 2006

On 18 October 1994, Carole Burwash was given 30mg of diamorphine, instead of 3mg, at Princess Grace Hospital in London. She suffered brain damage and died.

The Westminster Coroner said at an inquest on 2 July 1996 that the prescription, written by the consultant anaesthetist Dr Giok Lim, was unclear and dreadfully written. The resident medical officer, Dr Richard Hornabrook, who administered the drug, and the staff nurse, Mandy Hatcher, both read the drug chart as saying 30mg.

posted by porpoise at 9:58 PM on August 20, 2006

glad to see I'm not the only text ralpher around here...
posted by owhydididoit at 10:08 PM on August 20, 2006

How does one become a text masseuse?
With an eraser.
posted by redteam at 11:07 PM on August 20, 2006

That's a fascinating site, thanks png.
posted by patricio at 3:06 AM on August 21, 2006

"Learn from junk mail. Much of it was written and tested by the best professionals money can buy."

All I ever learned from junk mail was how to sell people junk. It was one of the most banal and depressing avocations I ever undertook, and I make the claim still, as I have for thirty years, that it ruined my sight, to boot.

The irony of Web sites discussing typography and page design was a bad bromide by 1997 already. Far, far from "best of the Web" today, IMHO.
posted by paulsc at 4:11 AM on August 21, 2006

In 1990, I was asked to design a new typeface family for the London Times to replace Times Roman. The work took the better part of two years.

When the paper introduced the design, it was credited to somebody else. Times Newspapers later sued for the copyright but sensibly withdrew the case five years later.

Hope he got some justice.
posted by nickyskye at 8:42 AM on August 21, 2006

This is actually an excellent resource for beginning type designers.
posted by Grod at 10:18 AM on August 21, 2006

oooh, eths and thorns!

I'm sure everyone here already know this, but I'll say it anyway: the Y in Ye Olde Whatevere is actually a thorn. By the time we began setting type in English, though, the letter was already obsolete, so we just used a Y. Presto: infestations of RennFest cuteness abound.
posted by ancientgower at 11:13 AM on August 21, 2006

I taught myself italic hand from this site a year ago. My italic is nowhere near as nice as his, but I still get spontaneous compliments on my handwriting everywhere I go. This after a couple decades of having a really lousy, ugly hand. Plus, the little flourishes of italic are just what a low-end ballpoint pen needs to start its ink flow before writing the letter proper. And I can now write legibly in the dark. And knowing an older-fashioned hand really enhances your understanding of type and your ability to decipher other old-fashioned hands.

Best of the web, dudes. Haters, suck it.
posted by eritain at 10:59 PM on August 21, 2006 [1 favorite]

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