The typography of horology.
Sunday, June 6th, 2021
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Beautifully restored high-resolution photographs of the Earth taken by Apollo astronauts.
Saturday, April 24th, 2021
Professional web designer on a closed course. Do not attempt.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
An experimental image font made using the University of Plymouth’s unique letterpress workshop.
The font is intended for display purposes only, and not is suitable for body text.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
A genuinely interesting (and droll) deep dive into derp learning …for typography!
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was received by this office on 5 February 2016 for “A digital/electronic copy of the NSA old security posters from the 1950s and 1960s.”
The graphic design is …um, mixed.
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
An excellent explainer from Trys and James of their supersmart Utopia approach:
Utopia encourages the curation of a system small enough to be held in short-term memory, rather than one so sprawling it must be constantly referred to.
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
I don’t think I agree with Don Knuth’s argument here from a 2014 lecture, but I do like how he sets out his table:
Why do I, as a scientist, get so much out of reading the history of science? Let me count the ways:
- To understand the process of discovery—not so much what was discovered, but how it was discovered.
- To understand the process of failure.
- To celebrate the contributions of many cultures.
- Telling historical stories is the best way to teach.
- To learn how to cope with life.
- To become more familiar with the world, and to know how science fits into the overall history of mankind.
Monday, March 29th, 2021
Ainissa Ramirez recounts the story of the transatlantic telegraph cable, the Apollo project of its day.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
Monday, March 8th, 2021
This could give a big boost to web performance!
You don’t have to use web fonts—there are some pretty nice options if you stick to system fonts (like Georgia, Charter, and Palatino).
Sunday, March 7th, 2021
This is easily my favourite use of a machine learning algorithm.
Monday, March 1st, 2021
Oh, nice! A version of the classic Proxima Nova that’s a variable font that allows you to vary weight, width, and slant.
Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Sounds like some convergent thinking with the ideas behind Utopia.
I think that the idea that that any typographic attribute (including variable font parameters) can be a function (linear, exponential, stepped, Bezier, random, or otherwise) of any given input variable (user preference, screen dimensions, connection speed, time of day, display language, or whatever else) is an incredibly powerful one, and worth exploring as an aesthetic as well as a technical proposition.
Here’s a demo you can play with.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
Sunday, January 31st, 2021
There are some beautiful illustrations in this online exhibition of data visualisation in the past few hundred years.
Friday, January 29th, 2021
A terrific in-depth look at improving the performance of web fonts.
Thursday, January 28th, 2021
Monday, December 14th, 2020
This is a truly wonderful web page! It’s an explanation from first principles of how cameras and lenses work.
Then you realise that every post ever published on this personal site is equally in-depth and uses the same content-first progressive enhancement approach.