Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Typography

I am a big fan of typography, both traditional and modern.

I visited the Melbourne Museum of Printing (MMoP) on their open day in 2009 when I was living in Melbourne and bought a limited edition set of prints. The focus of the MMoP is on the retention of traditional printing, both the equipment and the knowledge. Unfortunately, the MMoP webpage is one of the ugliest I've ever seen and is a poor reflection of the design principles embodied in the art of traditional printing, and typography. The design of (and interface to) their webpage should reflect good design principles.

When I get time I will delve more deeply into Knuth's Digital Typography.

LetterMpress: A Virtual Letterpress on Your iPad by John Bonadies (formerly at Wolfram Research Inc.) is an interesting example of marrying technology—old and new—to produce a fantastic typographical iPad app. His project has 1,601 backers and received $39,495 funding (goal was $15,000), showing that there is plenty of interest in such hybrid technology.

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