Sunday, October 23, 2011

"No my friend...that taco was delectable"

"Epic" - Recently joined the ranks of other fallen words.
   Epic has become the latest casualty in the war on language, joining the ranks of its oft-paired counterpart "fail."  While the word historically has been a word reserved for legendary and heroic narratives and truly monumental situations, epic has been adjectivally cavorting with everything from chicken nuggets to high school football games.  Epic refused to comment on its new career path but it has joined the growing list of words that have been depreciating in meaning and power in the recent years. Close family friend Awesome did officially state, "[Epic] has been out of work for a while now, as are a lot of us.  Times are pretty tough so we'll take what we can get for now."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Legalize it.

Eugene, OR -
     How do you solve your city's budget crisis from "cleaning up" street art?  Make it legal!  The small spray park pictured above may be the start of a new trend sweeping across the states.  In Eugene, a small designated area invites artists of all skill levels to throw up a piece.  While some may argue that this is not true street art (cheapening the thrill of illegality and exposure), it is a progressive step in recognizing, respecting and preserving artistic culture that would otherwise remain unwarranted in many cities.    

Get a good look...they won't stay this way for too long.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review - Just My Type: A book about fonts by Simon Garfield

Attention all typophiles!  We have found a "must read" for all fans of typography.  Just My Type: A book about fonts offers readers a chance to survey the world of typefaces through historical and contemporary anecdotes with chapter breaks devoted to brief histories of selected fonts throughout.  Included are chapters concerning the attributes of a good font, the worst fonts in the world, and an explanation of why that quick brown fox is always jumping over the lazy dog.  A full bibliographical list of both text and online references included along with a Periodic Table of Typefaces gracing the inside covers - a nice touch to an already thorough and entertaining text.