Monthly Archives: May 2005

Tidbits from the 11 O’ Clock Hour – Typography, Mom, and San Francisco

1) Typography – Lots of folk have been talking about typography on the web (or the lack thereof and the hacks needed), but lately I have been thinking a lot about book typography. I am teaching a Critical Thinking and Art Theory class to university art majors this semseter and have been reading at least 100 pages a week, thus page readability is a must.
Here is what I have noticed: books published in the last 5 – 10 years have very readable, curvy, thin, and lovely serif typefaces. Books that I have in my collection that were published previous to 1995 tend to have heavy times influenced typefaces. There is also a difference in line height that makes many new books appear light and airy.
Good work, I say to all the unknown designers slaving away in the little cubicles at the big publishing houses. Thank you.
2) Mom has been in SoCal for over 5 days and at my house for nearly 4 and my refigerator has not expanded. Yeah.
3) We are having a nice time and Mom was kind enough to leave my to client work this afternoon while she went out to prune and water my garden. Thanks, Mom!
4) My cousin Kristen is graduating from San Francisco State on Sat. May 28th. Anyone have any recommendations on hotels in SF that are nice, decent neighborhoods that are fun to walk around? I need a recommendation, as the hotel that I stayed at last year when I went to the MT party is full…

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Thur 05.05.05 – Three Fives in a row today and a gorgeous sky at sunset. We had a wee bit more rain today. Energizer bunny of a rainy season.