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Found this interesting design book at Bookshop Santa Cruz (a place mercifully unchanged from my college memories – inexplicably it is still, in 2015, full of new books) which I bought to help with drawing practice. Tony the Tiger, like most public figures, looked better before getting into steroids and plastic surgery.
Firstly, if you have a writing shack or trailer, I want to see pictures. If you *want* a writing shack or trailer, what would it look like? Here’s my artistic rendition of two potential options:
This shackwant is, in my case, a reaction to feeling totally overwhelmed by the complexities of corporate and family life. I’m picturing myself as an elderly George Bernard Shaw, shut up in my splintery 8X8 enclosure, a place in which I can pretend a simple typewriter and cup of coffee are the only things I must contend with– that, and perhaps a cat.
Another bit of advice on the Googles, by the way? Don’t search for vintage canned ham trailers. For you’ll then want one or several, and will lose future hours to trolling Craigslist and thinking about vintage fabric for miniature window treatments. I can think of nothing quite delightfully like a typewriter in style and substance than a canned ham trailer, can you?
Will we all eventually meet up for a canned ham trailer and typing convention in some unsuspecting campground? I can only hope some summer that we do.
Don’t let puppydog-sounding products like Label Buddy lead to to think Dymo a johnny-come-lately to the punch tape label market, no. For the Label Buddy is merely a wee descendant of the 60’s era steel Dymo Mite, which could brain opponents with a single swing of your wrist (and possibly remove their heads at the same time, since it cut labels not with a serrated edge but with an open rusty blade).
I got rid of my Dymo Mite. You know what they say about having a weapon in the home, you just may use it on yourself by mistake. Label Buddy is more my speed.
Some of you out there in the typosphere are posessed of drawing skills; I’m not among you, to my sincere regret. Thankfully (oh, the irony) there is, these days, a digital crutch for every weakness (thank you, GPS) and now, with an iPad and Adobe Ideas, you too can draw a pretty good typewriter based on tracing over a photograph, and you won’t even need to scan it when you’re finished. The only hitch? Coming up with more money than God in order to buy one.
I have a feeling most typospherians would do the math on how many fountain pens a single iPad would be worth, and would then take a pass.
Occurred to me just now as I ambled around the typosphere that it’s high season for the type-in: they’re happening every weekend, just about. Was going to warn those of you meeting up in bars not to drink and type, but I guess it worked out for Hemingway.
Somewhere in recent days I read online that our brain processes characters the same way it processes pictures, because they are pictures. So each character of the alphabet is a picture we learned how to draw, and if we want to change our handwriting, we have to learn how to draw each character another way.
(As an aside, I think I modeled my handwriting after my dad‘s. I used to love to see his notes on graph paper, where he used to map out new arrangements for the house or yard with his drafting pencils:)
Consider me deeply ignorant on the matter of typography, a subject that, for all I can tell, you need to be a professional designer to understand, although this site looks like a good start. All I know is, it would be cool to have typewritery handwriting. Don’t you think?
Richard Polt has you covered if you want typewriter fonts for your computer, but here’s my first try at handwriting a couple typewriter typefaces, which was about as easy as learning to draw some new stuff. (Not easy.)
The lower case letters g and a on the Lettera typeface in particular just seem like foreign characters to me, like something I might find in Kana Can Be Easy:
Does anyone handwrite g and a that way? I’m going to need tons of drawing practice before I get the hang of it.
I have remained interested in the topic of visual note-taking lately, and have been following the work of Sunni Brown, co-author of Gamestorming, who makes a living as a ‘graphic recorder,’ or someone who helps businesses visualize information with infographics. How cool would that job be?
She was part of a panel on visual note-taking alongside writer/poet/artist Austin Kleon (whom I posted about the other day) at South by Southwest Interactive this year, and in the panel they gave out these cool looking booklets on the concept of taking visual notes. Several pages from the booklet are shown in the slide deck (see the panel on visual note-taking link for the deck).
I was particularly inspired by Sunni’s “6 fundamentals of visual note taking,” so I took the time to transcribe her slide for me to refer to:
I think this concept overall is highly relevant to analog culture: it’s visual, it’s human, it’s handmade, it’s something digital culture and machines can’t quite accomplish. It has a place in the analog blogosphere, even if that place is just right here in the backwaters of Strikethru.net. More to come.
Here is an interview with Sunni Brown that talks about the impact of visual learning.