Category: let­ters & lan­guage
“In interviews, a number of parents and school-board members used the word ‘distraction’ to describe the local debate over “Islamic indoc­tri­nation.” “We have a shortage of bus drivers,” said a school-board member, Robert Hullett, at that October working meeting. “We have a problem with substitute teachers. We have things that are affecting our kids right now, and we’re fooling around with this.” The Atlantic

The Fear of Islam in TN Pub­lic Schools

I can­not even with self-right­eous hyper-con­ser­v­a­tive hill­bil­ly con­ser­vatism in my home state.

a short history of the geometric sans

fontshop

a short his­to­ry of the geo­met­ric sans

this is actu­al­ly a sales piece for FF Mark, but it’s also a pret­ty decent overview of where the geo­met­ric sans came from in the first place

Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The Atlantic

mom?

The word for “moth­er” seems often either to be mama or have a nasal sound sim­i­lar to m, like nana. The word for “father” seems often either to be papa or have a sound sim­i­lar to p, like b, in it—such that you get some­thing like baba. The word for “dad” may also have either d or t, which is a vari­a­tion on say­ing d, just as p is on b. Peo­ple say mama or nana, and then papa, baba, dada, or tata, world­wide.

The Propaganda of Pantone

via Loki Design

Colour & Sub­cul­tur­al Sub­li­ma­tion

In the case of colour, Pan­tone Inc. holds incred­i­ble influ­ence with their increas­ing­ly mar­ket­ed and medi­a­tised Colour of the Year cam­paigns. Pur­port­ed­ly deter­mined through a pre­scient read­ing of the cul­tur­al zeit­geist (by a select cabal of colour spe­cial­ists), it is impor­tant to under­stand that the com­pa­ny, and the indus­try it serves, have their own speci­fic inter­ests and agen­das that dri­ve the­se selec­tions. Pantone’s choice of “Rose Quartz” and “Seren­i­ty” as the 2016 Colour of the Year is the most insid­i­ous move by this colour-indus­tri­al-com­plex since “Blue Iris” in 2008. As with “Blue Iris”, Pan­tone has once again mined the sub­cul­tur­al land­scape and used their monopoly with­in the cre­ative indus­tries to prop­a­gate their colour prop­er­ties to the world.

Ben­jam­in Shayk­in ask­ing the impor­tant ques­tions, via Insta­gram

Right this way to mod­ern type clas­sics: all 7 weights of my Gia Col­lec­tion are on sale for 65% off full price, so the entire fam­i­ly is the price of two indi­vid­u­al weights. $69.65. sale price lasts to the end of Feb­ru­ary, the 29th.

Dan Rhati­gan, via Insta­gram

A win­dow into anoth­er world

Tim­o­thy Peel designs fake UIs for your favorite films, and talks about it here.

Ben­jam­in Shayk­in, via Insta­gram

Ben­jam­in Shayk­in, via Insta­gram

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