Archive for May, 2008

Boston Globe article about font designer

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

This Globe article about local font designer David Berlow is sort of interesting. Maybe worth 20 seconds of your life. But it’s ultimately kind of disappointing.

Why does the lede assume you don’t know what a font is? (”Unless you’re in the design or publishing industry, David Berlow won’t bother explaining his line of work to you.”) I mean, honest to goodnes, it’s 2008, chances are, if you’re living in the US, you have used a computer, and if you’ve used a computer in 2008, you probably know what a font is, even many may quibble with the exact definition. And you have Steve Jobs’s short stint at Reed College to thank for it.

For my 2 cents, The Boston Globe is due for some kind of feature on local typography superstar Matthew Carter, designer of many many digital fonts including Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma, and Rainy Planet fave, New Century Schoolbook.

Achewood greeting cards

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

These are pure genius, and I wish I had thought of each and every last one of them first.

Favorites:

  • I Am Sorry I Played it Huffy on the Phone / (inside) It’s Just That Society Did My Nerves Up Wretched
  • Baby Can You Please Check Your Makeup in the Car / (inside) We’re All Kinds of Late to This Thing

And the infamous “dude-to-dude” card:

  • Dogg It Must Feel Sick As Hell to Receive a Card From a Dude

Coming Soon! The 5th Annual Print Arts Fair at the Museum of Printing

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Despite the dearth of blog entries in the past several months, the Rainy Planet Press is still kicking. Well, maybe nothing so animated as “kicking” but we continue shuffling irregularly toward some unstated and frankly unknown goal, whenever we so please.

The big news, which I am very delinquent in announcing, is that we are again selling our wares at this year’s Letterpress Guild of New England / Museum of Printing fair in North Andover, Massachusetts. It’s on Father’s Day again, Sunday, June 15, 2008.

This year I’m coordinating the vendors, so if you are interested in selling your wares as well, be they printed goods, printing gear, or other related items, please contact me at ezraball@gmail.com for more info. Join the likes of the Albertine Press, Pressbound, The Press With No Name, Swamp Press, May Day Studio, Sea Dog Press, and more to come…

More soon!