Font advice

August 31st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

I was downloading fonts to play around, as you do on a Saturday night, and happened across a great read in the “readme.txt” file. I love these files, sometimes they have the most obscure things. Here’s one from J.B.Thyssen.

Some more general advice

No one can teach you font aesthetics; it must be learned by example
and experience. Look around you with wide eyes and an open mind, and
soon you will find that you know what to do where, with any font.
Motivation and interest are the key-words for successful use.

Never lose track of the kind of work you’re doing. An effect that
would ruin a newsletter might be just the thing for a record cover.
Know when you can safely sacrifice legibility for artistic effect.
The ‘Immortal Galaxy’-font for example starts to be useful at 24
points size. Smaller use just does not apply for that font.

Running some comparative tests is a good idea. Better to blow off
a few sheets of paper now than to see a problem after thousands of
copies are made. Just use your thinking, that’s all we can say really..

Many people feel that bold or italic type is more legible:
“This is the most important part of the newsletter, let’s put it
in bold.” In fact, legibility studies show that such type is actually
harder to read in bulk. Keep the text in a normal style and weight,
and find another way to emphasize it – box it, illustrate it,
run it in color, position it focally.

It seems to be the consensus of the comp.fonts community that
“you get what you pay for.” This is (as of 1994 if you’d ask me)
no longer the case. If you need a professional quality font, you
do not necessarily have to get it from a so-called professional.
Font-software wasn’t made by professionals to begin with.
(You only have to look closer into the silly encoding
to know how stupid the inventors were…)

WARRANTY ?

THIS SOFTWARE CAN SUFFER ONLY FROM THE NOT-INVENTED-HERE SYNDROM;
WE ARE NOT THE CREATORS OF THE SYSTEM(S) IN WHICH THEY’RE USED,
IF WE WERE, IT WOULD PROBABLY HAVE BEEN BETTER…

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This text was written by J.B.Thyssen (c)1983-2004 for Men Without Plan
Enterprises. All TTF-names are TRADEMARKS of JTHZ Productions. All other
trademarks mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks
of their respective corporations, and are hereby acknowledged. The
information contained in this documentation is subject to revision
and/or alteration without prior notice. This documentation represents
no obligation, expressed or implied, on the part of the author(s).

video interview: katelan foisy

August 22nd, 2009 § 4 comments § permalink

A conversation with Katelan Foisy.

Katelan Foisy is an illustrator, self-portrait artist and all-round creative person. She started studying illustrations in PRATT in 1997 and after finishing her course did the most unusual thing of emailing art directors and actually starting coversations. Her work took off and last year she started working on a book of self-portraits called “They Be We”.

One summer evening in New York, I sat down with Katelan and discussed her work, her lust for life and her latest book, “They Be We”, a self-portrait project that 15 independent, creative women took on.

Notice how I was so nervous I didn’t even look at the camera. Wow, go Tash! I should have done broadcast journalism instead of print.

Click on the image to be redirected to They Be We.

Click on the image to be redirected to They Be We.

A cry for help!

August 11th, 2009 § 4 comments § permalink

Why the long break? Well, I got me a 9 to 5 job. And it turns out that my recipe repertoire is totally unprepared.

Gone is the luxury of a meal that took an hour and a half to cook. Instead, I’m all flustered and tired when I get home and the Mexican take out across the road calls my name a little too loudly.

Sorry for the absence. This is a cry for help. I’m sure that many people, including yourself, has faced this exact issue of nutritional, tasty food vs. time. So what gets you through the work week? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share on the uninitiated?

Please send anything you’ve got to tash[at]littleflutters[dot]com.

Recipes will be featured on this blog.

Love! Tash

Close your eyes

August 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

And take three deep breaths. Focus on oxygen for this moment in your life. Calm down, it’s not that bad. Feel refreshed when tired. Breath is what ties us to life.

Yes, this is a hippy post and it will make you feel better.

Is your work area cluttered or clean?

August 2nd, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

I haven’t sat at my desk for months. Not because I haven’t been working, I’ve just migrated to the couch for the summer. My desk has stacks of loosely gathered clutter and it rather overwhelms me. Reading Leo Babauta has made me analyse my work area so much that I can’t concentrate at my desk – which sometimes works against me, after all, clutter is my middle name.

When I lived in Bathurst I had strewn on my desk jewellery, photos, books, CDs, the pill, business cards. And I was happy. My clutter served as visual reminders of what I needed to get done. But now, I am neither here or there.

Clutter is great if you’re constantly looking for inspiration. I’ve read many bloggers that dedicate posts to inspiration walls. Looking at photos can change your mood. If you’re a negative thinker, a great quote could snap you out of your bad thoughts. Clutter, when done correctly, can act as a reminder of warm occasions and change your train of thought to happier things:

Post-tequila shots while playing Uno. That's how we roll.

Post-tequila shots while playing Uno. That's how we roll.

New Years Eve 09. Clearly, we're breaking out the moves.

New Years Eve 09. Clearly, my brother and I are breaking out the moves.

The downside of clutter is that you’re always jumping here and there with your visual reminders.

I’ve become a believer that a clear desk encourages a clear mind. Through a year of training myself to focus at the task on hand, I can no longer watch T.V or talk on the phone while I’m writing a blog post. It’s all or nothing. They say women can multi-task, that’s bullshit. I have the multi-tasking skills of an amoeba.

Personally, I accomplish more when I take down things from my wall and see only the black varnish of my table. But it took me a while to realise that everything has it’s place. For Tash Clutter Jayasinghe, it’s a constant up hill battle that I’m glad I’m fighting.

Understand when I say workplace, I imply somewhere that you work, which more often than not, can mean the couch. As long as you can work, I’d count it as an office.

The majority of my readers work from home, a magnet for clutter. I’d like to hear if you prefer clutter or clear work areas and why.