Peggy & Co. big ideas 2018-10-11T18:53:30Z http://peggyandco.ca/feed/atom/ peggy <![CDATA[Cookbook typography]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1505 2018-10-11T18:53:30Z 2018-10-11T18:53:28Z I love to design books, especially ones that have anything to do with food. Cookbook design can be challenging: making sure fractions are set correctly, use of metric and/or imperial measures, ingredient lists, instructions, and recipe yields, to name a few. Maritime Fresh (Nimbus) by Elizabeth Bailey with photos by Kelly Neil, was a mouth-watering delight to work on. […]

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peggy <![CDATA[The 27th letter]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1499 2018-10-11T18:49:03Z 2018-10-11T18:48:59Z I’m not sure when I first fell in love with the ampersand. Probably when studying visual communications at NSCAD University when I hand painted letters using ink and brush, along with a lot of white paint to fix errors. The ampersand began as the Latin word “et” meaning “and.” This 1st century ligature evolved into what we now know […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Dalhousie University’s 200th Anniversary]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1459 2018-06-26T19:18:05Z 2018-06-21T18:49:36Z 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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[¡Andalucía!]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1425 2018-03-19T16:50:29Z 2018-03-19T16:47:07Z 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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Pantone Color of the Year 2018]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1416 2018-03-19T16:44:42Z 2018-03-19T16:44:42Z “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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Silent descenders]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1327 2017-05-03T13:53:20Z 2017-05-03T13:53:20Z 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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Chutzpa!]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1321 2017-05-03T13:30:07Z 2017-05-03T13:27:12Z 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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Kerning vs. Tracking]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1304 2016-08-29T19:33:06Z 2016-08-29T19:33:06Z 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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Solidus vs. Fraction Bar]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1296 2016-08-29T19:04:56Z 2016-08-29T16:07:06Z 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 […]

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peggy <![CDATA[Character vs. Glyph]]> http://peggyandco.ca/?p=1282 2016-08-29T14:51:30Z 2016-08-29T14:25:40Z 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.  

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