Kinetic type AND language AND Stephen Fry


September 28th, 2014

In my last post about interests, I mentioned that one of them was kinetic type.

This can be traced back to early days in my career when I worked with a hugely talented graphic artist, Frank Moore, who taught me the ins and outs of typography (not to mention layout and design, pre-internet no less). On a recent visit to Oxford, a highlight was a visit to the Oxford University Press Museum to see early examples of type and book production.

So I obviously love this Stephen Fry  kinetic type video. Its topic is about another love of mine; language. Enjoy.

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And if you enjoyed that, you might also like this one I made a few years ago about facilitating. Maybe it’s time for a new one?

Type


August 22nd, 2009

Random AlphabetI’m not sure where my love of typography came from. Maybe it was when I did Media Studies at university and we visited newspaper publishers, being shown how it used to be done with trays of metal type and typesetters and forms and real leading. It was so intensive – and so beautiful, those metal letters.

No matter. It’s enduring. I love fonts. And the way type can evoke emotion.

If you want to explore typography here’s some of my favourite sites.

I Love Typography is a great place to start – with all sorts of cool info about fonts, old and new.

And, of course, Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen fame has lots to say about fonts. Like in his latest post.

You can even do a quiz to see what font represents you (hat tip to Garr Reynolds).

And my all time favourite is this video. Font Conference.