Month: December 2015

Benjamin Shaykin, via Instagram

Buttons Right, Buttons Left


theories on button direction

From time to time I encounter the question, various theories are discussed – but in the end, everyone is as clueless as before: Why are buttons on men’s dress on the left-hand side, while they are on the right-hand side on women’s clothes? I decided to do some research.

Benjamin Shaykin, via Instagram

People Need to Use Typography

Type Thursday on Medium

An Interview with Non-Latin Type Designer Erin McLaughlin

TypeThursday sat down with Typeface Designer Erin Mclaughlin about her work as a non-latin typeface design. As the markets in South Asia continue to mature, the need for non-latin typography grows only larger. Erin shared both the challenges and rewards in working in the sub-specialty.

Kris Giuliani, via Instagram

The long, incredibly tortuous, and fascinating process of creating a Chinese font


building character

The sheer scale of the writing system has made any innovation ambitious and expensive. It took the communist government over 10 years of dedicated work to complete its character simplification scheme, and even now it is not without controversy. For the same reason, there has not been much innovation in fonts.

Georgia Ranney, via Instagram

Revisiting Hal Fischer's 'Gay Semiotics,' A Taxonomy Of Gay Archetypes And Codes From The '70S


Gay Semiotics

Fischer’s photographs were primarily taken in the era’s gay meccas—San Francisco’s Castro and Haight Ashbury districts—and include explanations of visual codes like earrings, handkerchiefs and keys as well as archetypal gay styles like a leather man, an ‘urbane’ gentleman and a ‘basic gay’ street style.

Canary in the Code Mine


Appalachia Gets Digital

Outsiders have never gotten Appalachia — or else, they get the version they want: the one with the meth and Mountain Dew mouth, the incest, the painkillers, the welfare, all captured by journalists parachuting in for their regular dose of poverty porn. They find the toothless guy, the trailers with shotguns racked up on the wall and the yard strewn with diapers and beer cans, and they film some dude saying weird shit in a backcountry accent that needs subtitles to comprehend, they give it an ominous title like “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,” and they leave. You bet people here have a chip on their shoulder. It’s not that stuff like that doesn’t exist—but if the world always insisted on zooming in on your warts, you’d be resentful, too.

Sam Comer, via Instagram

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