Dalhousie University’s 200th Anniversary

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 | No Comments
Dalhousie University’s 200th Anniversary

I was thrilled when Dalhousie University asked me to work on their publication over a year ago. Working closely with the staff in their Office of Advancement, we developed the theme for their 200th anniversary report – a thank-you to the many donors who have impacted the lives of students, faculty and researchers. The publication keeps […]

¡Andalucía!

Posted on Mar 19, 2018 | No Comments
¡Andalucía!

We are off to southern Spain in a few weeks and I have been pouring over my stack of guide and hiking books. The Rough Guide to Andalucía is comprehensive at over 600 pages. My main complaint is that many of the maps are not orientated with the north arrow pointing up. The publishers do this to […]

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Posted on Mar 19, 2018 | No Comments
Pantone Color of the Year 2018

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute when speaking about Ultra Violet – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018. She goes on to say, “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to […]

Silent descenders

Posted on May 3, 2017 | No Comments
Silent descenders

I love reading novels. Rarely is there a reference to printing and/or typography. I was delighted to read this from Conceit by Mary Novik, “But Pegge listened. She could hear the bodies decomposing under her feet in the privacy of tombs. Her hearing was acute, able to pick out threads of silence, like the sub-human […]

Chutzpa!

Posted on May 3, 2017 | No Comments
Chutzpa!

One of my favourite words is chutzpa! I think it always needs to be followed by an exclamation mark, don’t you? My well-thumbed Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten defines chutzpa! as gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, and incredible guts. A classic illustration of chutzpa! is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws […]

Kerning vs. Tracking

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
Kerning vs. Tracking

Kerning in the digital world is the addition or reduction of space between a pair of characters to improve the overall balance and consistency of the spacing. Most well-designed typefaces include kerning pairs so that the type is beautifully set without too much additional work on the part of the designer. Tracking is the addition or […]

Solidus vs. Fraction Bar

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
Solidus vs. Fraction Bar

The solidus (known as a slash and many other names) is an oblique stroke going from upper right to lower left, occasionally extending slightly below the baseline. It was formerly written to separate shillings from pence, and now used in numerical dates as in 1/25/58, as a substitute for a conjunction such as in East/West, and ratios. We […]

Character vs. Glyph

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
Character vs. Glyph

Typographic terminology is sometimes very specific and can be very confusing – even for seasoned designers. A character is the symbol representing an individual letter, numeral, punctuation, sign, symbol, accent, or other elements in a typeface. A glyph is the actual representation of that character. Several glyphs may represent one character as in this example.  

Summer colour

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments
Summer colour

Our garden has been a colourful delight of late – a welcome change from our cold, wet and grey spring. I’ve always been intrigued with the evocative names that are used to describe a particular colour. This love affair with language, colour, and design, first started when I was a teenager after I saw the captivating Winsor & Newton ink packaging. I […]

The art of book typesetting

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 | No Comments
The art of book typesetting

I fell in love with typography as a student at NSCAD University. Amongst other subjects, I learned to set metal type – the smell of ink transports me back to the days I spent labouring over my galleys in the basement of the design division. During my 30+ years as a graphic designer, I’ve worked on […]