Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sans-Serif Sensuality

Do you have a favorite type face? Have you seen Helvetica, the movie? Do you remember German Bold Italic by Kylie Minogue and Towa Tei, one of the few pop tunes devoted to a type face? Has no one other than Salty Miss Jill's husband taken notice of the misshapen art nouveau font of the Junk Thief banner? If you were a type face, would you go out with a font on the opposite end of the serif equation? Do you consider images of typography from the Belle Epoque to the 1950s to hold greater eroticism than fat boys posing as bears or emotionally constipated closet cases who brag about being straight acting or just regular down to earth guys? Are you old enough to remember sending photosensitive paper through a pair of black rubber rollers to produce text waiting to dry and be waxed? Are you given pause when you see stone set dates on the sides of buildings that commemorate the year they were "erected"? Have you ever produced your own fonts with pen and ink purely as a form of recreation? Do you consider Cheap Trick to have greater integrity than Barbra Streisand because the former uses distressed typewriter type and the latter uses Century School Book Italic? Do you consider lower case a to have the same charm as a virginal fawn resting under a fern in the forest? Do you consider the capital R to have the virile strength of a ram proclaiming its domain atop a windy bluff? Do you consider a 0.5 mechanical pencil on a lined boutique press writing journal to be a sensual act equal to that of a bath in a tub of steaming jasmine, sage and lavender? Do you consider Lucida Sans and Arial to be the bastard remnants of the late 1990s? How many versions of the umlaut can you write? When was the last time you carved a letter into a potato and pressed it into food die for not practical reason?

These are questions inquiring minds demand to have answered.

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At 6:31 AM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

if I were a typeface my name would be felix

but felix, despite it's wonderful name, is not my favorite font/type face (what is the difference between a font and a type face?).... I'm taken by papyrus.

love the video, very stylish, can always count on the junk!

you raise many thought provoking questions..... I'm off to make a pot of orange blossom tea and ponder these perplexities

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mouse - Felix is a great name, but not very exciting font. Comic Sans sends me through the roof. Hideous. Boring as it is, Lucida Sans would be a great drag name.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

I wish I had seen the movie Helvectica. Maybe there could be a Goth girl group called Hellvetica. McCabe & Mrs. Miller is one of my favorite movies not the least because of the ampersand so popular during the 70's because it evokes the wild west.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

p.s. Blogger does not use the same ampersand that is used in McCabe and Mrs. Miller. I guess because of the font. Does anyone know if the Blogger ampersand has a specific "name?"

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - I think Ken Burns should do a multi-part documentary about Bodini, Time Roman, etc. Remember that free 1970s campus magazine called Ampersand? I always wanted to open a bar named Umlaut. Or Tilde.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

is there a thursday theme lurking in this post, oh my I do declare I have theme madness on my mind..... do play along sweet junk


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