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Colonel Bleep


Colonel Bleep
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  • Re: Type-design education: its importance and (future) role

    All education is self-education. 

    You may have a formal relationship with a teacher and course of study, or you may go it alone relying on various inputs, but at the end of the day, the student is responsible for absorbing the information. No one else can do that for you. As for me, I studied printing technology to prepare myself for a career in Industrial Education. I lasted one year teaching public school. My education introduced me to type via foundry and Ludlow typesetting and letterpress and offset lithographic printing. I loved all of it. 

    As a Graduate Assistant I taught classes in offset printing and graphic production and half of my students came from the art department across campus. It was through them that I discovered Graphic Design. I had the good fortune of studying magic marker lettering with Ed Benguiat and that set me on my way drawing lettering and type. Once the personal computer and font editing software became available I embraced font making. I've had a number of opportunities at the dawn of digital font making that allowed me to hone my skills and I just kept going. 

    I now teach type design to undergraduate design students and although I would like to take some credit for their success, it still comes down to how motivated the individual student is and how much effort they put into their work. My 2:40 contact time with them once a week does not begin to cover the work they must do on their own.

  • Re: Weapon of choice

    Like Kent Lew I use a Kensington Trackball. But since the arthiritis in my hands has gotten really severe I've taken to manipulating the ball with my nose and clicking the buttons with my chin.

  • Re: Funtauna (rectangular slab serif)

  • Re: 1.5 stories g'

    While Interstate was created by a professional type designer, it is based on Standard Highway Alphabets commonly referred to as Highway Gothic, which was never designed by a professional type designer.

  • Re: Efficiency in kerning pairs

    The original typographic definition of "kern" referred to a portion of a letter on a metal type body that was left to protrude off of the type body and be supported by an adjacent type body allowing for the optical space between the two types to be reduced.

    So while it didn't happen very often in metal/letterpress, it did exist.
    I remember cutting kerns on type when I was a letterpress student at college.
    Pain in the ass does not come close to describing the process.