Fontana

Making Book

I didn’t realize there was a typeface called Fontana; I just thought it was a paperback imprint of Collins’.

However here it is, and HarperCollins historical website celebrating their 200th anniversary tells us about it in these terms :

“In 1936, Collins became the first major publishing house to create its own font. The publisher hired printer and typographer Dr. Hans Mardersteig to prepare a report on the business in which he included suggestions on design. As a result, Collins had him design a typeface that would create a unique visual identity for the company.

Building on the classic fonts of eighteenth-century Glasgow publishers Robert and Andrew Foulis, Mardersteig developed Collins’s iconic typeface: Fontana. It was used by Collins for three decades before the company released rights to the font.

After Collins developed the Fontana font, more company-specific fonts followed, including Lexicon, Fedra, Nexus (designed by Martin Majoor), Fresco, and Sansa…

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Archy, Mehitabel, and Me

Our beautiful Blasco Library in Erie PA (featured in this months The Atlantic magazine) will be hosting an event tomorrow night, a one-man show by Gale McNeeley presenting poems, songs and essays of Don Marquis, the creator of the characters Archy & Mehitabel.

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Don Marquis wrote for the The Evening Sun newspaper and created the character of Archy in 1916.  Archy is a cockroach who types by jumping from one key to the next.

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This era fascinates me because so many new technologies were being introduced to more and more homes and businesses.  Automobiles, telephones, phonographs, electricity, and of course – the typewriter.  These ideas seem quaint to us now, but one hundred years ago these were awe inspiring technologies.

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If you live in (or near) Erie PA, I hope you’ll plan to attend this free event.  I know I’ll be there!  ~TH~

If Your Art Doesn’t Sit Well, Good!

How to Neutralize Haters: E.E. Cummings, Creative Courage, and the Importance of Protecting the Artist’s Right to Challenge the Status Quo

Greetings fellow writers, poets, artists —

Here’s a fine article from a blog I follow (and you should follow it too!) – enjoy the read, then go create something kooky or subversive.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/07/18/e-e-cummings-academy-of-american-poets/

 

 

Orbs Have Taken To The Skies

A truncated, self replicating poem that I created, based on a cocktail napkin that inspired a little bit of art.  You yourself should try a little bit of art.

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… orbs have taken to the skies and time has predicted itself to fly and …