Donald Knuth advice. So much wisdom packed into 5 mins. He is addressing primarily scientists and engineers, but as a designer/writer it feels like he is also speaking directly to me. This advice works on so many levels and for so many fields.
This is the the Nakimi Falcon pen in the hands of a master calligrapher.
From the video description:
Custom Namiki Falcon Resin Fountain Pen modified by John Mottishaw. He ground the nib (14k) extra fine and added flex to it (Spencerian customization).
This pen is difficult to use properly. Most fountain pens are not designed to achieve the line variation seen here. If line variation is what you want, buy a dip pen. They are cheaper, stronger, and will flex more.
Still set on this one? It can be found at this address: http://www.nibs.com/NamikiFalconPage.htm
It’s been fun watching Martina Flor’s Supernova script develop over the last year. Today it exploded at Typotheque where it was given the foundry’s typically thorough documentation. This charming illustration from the article explains that scripts rarely have extended families like text typefaces do.
Tony Turnin’ Turbo Dashboard
Yes, I remember it. I didn’t have one, but I always made sure to get in some turbo time at any friend’s house that did.
Shoffice by Platform 5 Architects
This extravagant building by Platform 5 Architects is not your conventional office space. The Londoner ‘Shoffice’ is a garden pavilion containing a small working space alongside a garden. The structure deals as a sculpture that flows within the garden’s space.
See more to this project here.
This thing makes me so happy.
555 95472 from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
His dance always brings me joy.
555 95472, usually referred to as “5”, is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. He debuted in 1963, and continued to appear on and off in the strip until 1981. “5” has spiky hair and sometimes wears a shirt with the number five on it. 95472 is the family’s “last name”, or more specifically their ZIP code. In reality, it is the ZIP code for Sebastopol, California, where Charles M. Schulz was living at the time the character was introduced. “5” has to keep telling his teacher that the accent is on the 4 in his surname. Snoopy is confused as to whether the boy’s name is spelled 5 or as the Roman numeral V.
As “5” once explained to Charlie Brown, his father, morose and hysterical over the preponderance of numbers in people’s lives, had changed all of his family’s names to numbers. Asked by Lucy if it was Mr. 95472’s way of protesting, “5” replied that this was actually his father’s way of “giving in.” “5” also has two sisters named “3” and “4”. (“Nice feminine names,” in Charlie Brown’s sarcastic assessment.) It can be assumed that their parents are named “1” and “2”.
See also: 555.
Laura sent me this GIF and I cannot identify its saintly creator. If you can, please comment.
“No other trade brings its craftsmen so naturally into direct touch with the greatest thoughts of famous men and women as that of the printer…”
I unfollow lazy leachers on Tumblr, Pinterest, and other platforms who don’t credit image sources or reblog uncredited images without doing the simple research to find their origin. Doing the research is often a quick and easy job with tools like TinEye or Google’s Search by Image. Here’s how:
1955–59 Jaguar 3.4-litre (Mark 1) (by Stephen Coles)
I shot this (and many others) today at Classic Remise in Berlin. The renovated tram depot is a massive showcase for antique automobiles, complete with restoration parts dealers and specialist body shops.
Maybe it’s the delirious result of looking at nothing but supermodel cars all day, but I see in this photo a man’s chest overlaid with the shape of a woman’s hips.
Are you delirious about this stuff too? Be among friends! Join us at 2:00 pm this Saturday for glühwein and cookies. Fans of cars and/or letters will gather at Mota Italic in Prenzlauer Berg where the Chromeography exhibition is still on display.