Escape from Comic Sans: would you, if you could? January 31, 2011Posted by Olivia McDowell in Art, Etcetera, FFFFOUND!, Pretty!, The Ether, Typography.
Tags: APOD, Comic Sans, FFFFOUND!, The Oatmeal, Women Laughing Alone with Salad
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Online publishing prefers sans serifs fonts for legibility and general easiness on the eyes. So if one, for some reason, determined (or was forced) to operate solely in the digital realm, the risk of encountering Comic Sans would always exist. That most aesthetically base typeface would always hover in the infinitely nearby ether, waiting to leap out and insult one’s intelligence and sense of sincerity.
If, however, one decided (or, in fairness, was forced) to remain solely in the world of tangible readables, maintaining daily contact with printed matter**, excluding all online readables, one MIGHT, in theory, achieve said escape.
Personally, I’d rather risk potential exposure to abominable web-friendly fonts than miss out on all the glory of the interwebs. Who in their right mind would intentionally shelter from that font of caustic, truthful wit The Oatmeal; NASA’s always-humbling Astronomy Picture of the Day; or, at the more frivolous end of the online gamut, Women Laughing Alone With Salad?
The enjoyment of these wonders might render impossible a guaranteed escape from Comic Sans, but it’s worth it.
* Also, how BRILLIANT is this faux-retro image‽
** (Proper printed matter like books and newspapers and magazines, not printouts of documents typed in Comic Sans.)
Because QWERTYUIOP isn’t a real word January 10, 2011Posted by Olivia McDowell in Art, Etcetera, Pretty!, Spellcheck, The Ether, Wisdom, Words.
Tags: imgfav, nailing jelly to a wall, qwerty, tumblr, Typewriter, vague and nebulous
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This is pretty fabulous. But I still think QWERTYUIOP should be a real word.
Unrelatedly*, I have returned to the tumblr fold, that I might post links to all the pretty things I find scattered throughout the ether. My tumblog is vague and nebulous**, in name and in purpose. Drop by if you wish to look upon naught but nice and/or pretty things.
*Also not a real word.
** “Vague and nebulous” is one of my favourite phrases, though I know not its origins. I frequently encountered it while reading law reports and parliamentary records at university, in reference to concepts so abstract that to define them would be like nailing jelly to a wall. Incidentally, “like nailing jelly to a wall” is another of my favourite law-school judicial phrases.