Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2011 18:27 UTC
Google So, somewhere in the middle of the night (at least for me) Samsung and Google held a joint event, in which they announced both the new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty impressive phone, what we got to see from Ice Cream Sandwich surely didn't drop too many jaws.
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RE[5]: random thoughts
by Neolander on Fri 21st Oct 2011 07:18 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: random thoughts "
Neolander
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I don't believe that typography, as a whole, is irrelevant and unimportant. As said before, I agree that some aspects of it as important. I just don't understand some other parts like, say, what's so great about Helvetica and what's so bad about Arial. I use both interchangeably depending on what I have at hand, and don't see the difference.

When readability changes significantly (like, say, when the holes in the "e" and the "a" are barely distinguishable and characters width looks random), I see a difference between fonts. But most of the the time font design discussions just feel like people are nitpicking a lot about nothing significant. Maybe taste plays a role, but I don't understand where there's even room for taste in good font design : in common 12pt text, you only have a few dozens square dots at hand, readability puts strong criterion on how you must use them, so what room is left for change ? Cannot font design only affect large text, such as that of ads and logos ?

One day, I found a book about typography at my local book shop and thought "well, maybe I'll finally understand ?". But reading the first few pages, where they described an overloaded page of an old version of Apple's website as the paramount of graphic design, I just had to stop and put the book back on the shelf. They couldn't be serious. There's nothing elegant about a bunch of tightly packed rounded boxes fulled with ads, where one must chase real content in order to find it.

I'll try watching that movie, maybe it will do ! ;)

Edited 2011-10-21 07:35 UTC

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