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From: akiem@underware.nl Subject: the cover Date: May 17, 2005 1:10:54 am gmt +03:00 To: sami@underware.nl, bas@underware.nl I was thinking again about the cover. I still believe that there is also a chance to tell a message. I would like to give a critical point of view on the design community (conferences, awards... you know what I am talking about. Designers celebrating themselves). I would like to tell this not directly. I would prefer to communicate this indirectly. I think the fact that 863.000.00 people on earth (13.7 %) can still not read and write could be a good content. But we should use this in a clever way. Perhaps humor helps. Some suggestions for the texts: front: we can change the world* back: *if you know how to write and talk. front: Our community counts 5.400.000.000. But that’s not enough!* back: *we also want to have the 862.000.000 who can not read this.

Hmmm, I do not really like my suggestions, but perhaps they bring up ideas for you?

From: sami@underware.nl Subject: school year Date: May 17, 2005 3:40:45 pm gmt +03:00 To: akiem@underware.nl, bas@underware.nl Perhaps a bit too radical...

From: bas@underware.nl Subject: Re: Date: May 17, 2005 2:37:15 pm gmt +03:00 To: sami@underware.nl, akiem@underware.nl

:) groet, Sami

front: ‘We can change the worlt’ - Adi Bubil, 35 years back: Adi Bubil is a farmer in Zimbabwe, living with his 5 kids and his wife in a tribe counting 200 people. His wife is 32, his kids 1,2,3,4 and 6 years. he loves his country and his family. Adi is illiterate.

From: bas@underware.nl Subject: also Date: May 17, 2005 3:47:03 pm gmt +03:00 To: sami@underware.nl, akiem@underware.nl

hmm I do not really like one of these suggestion, but perhaps they bring up more ideas by you?

front: What’s the message back: if you can’t read?

gruß Akiem ===== Perhaps a short sentence about a nearly dead language?

front: Send us a short statement on your daily life... back: ...if you can write == http://www.sil.org/literacy/LitFacts.htm http://www.lovetoread.org/literacyfacts.html http://www.uis.unesco.org/ev.php?ID=4960_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC

Silbo Gomero is a whistling language from one of the Canary Islands. It was used to communicate over long distances...and sounds quite ingenious. It is now required for all children on the island to study Silbo Gomero until age 14, ensuring that even if the language isn’t necessarily practiced, it will not be forgotten.

There are an estimated 799 million illiterate adults in the world, about two-thirds of whom are women

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation, there are only eight fluent Yavapai speakers. The youngest of these eight is 58 and the average age is 72. Teaching the language to the younger generations is now critical, according to Yavapai Cultural Preservationist Katherine Marquez. gruß Akiem

== Literacy A person is literate who can, with understanding, both read and write a short simple statement on his or her everyday life.

From: sami@underware.nl Subject: Education for girls & women (mothers!) Date: May 17, 2005 1:34:46 pm gmt +03:00 To: akiem@underware.nl, bas@underware.nl

== http://www.uis.unesco.org/ev.php?ID=5020_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC http://www.uis.unesco.org/ev.php?ID=4958_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC http://www.mapsofworld.com/thematic-maps/world-illiteracy-map.htm

Our community counts 5.400.000.000. But that’s not enough! we also want to have the 862.000.000 who can not read this.

groet, Bas

So such a message also needs a real link to a real campaign, like this: http://www.unicef.org/girlseducation/campaign_acceleratingprogress.html groet, Sami From: sami@underware.nl Subject: font mag, one try. Date: May 17, 2005 2:07:23 pm gmt +03:00 To: akiem@underware.nl, bas@underware.nl Feel free to improve this:

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Half of the 860 million an-alphabetic adults live in one of these two countries.

Make our community larger. In the end, type is about reading, not about design.

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toronto was a cool place to be in the summer of 2002. Despite a garbage worker’s strike which left festering mounds of refuse piled on the sidewalks, summer in the city never felt so fine. For I, along with a couple of hundred other aficionados (aka fanatics), was immersed in the typographic geekfest known as TypeCon. Conference attendees, obsessed with all things type-related, had a golden opportunity to feast on their favorite mental meal in a roomful of like-minded inviduals. It’s not often that type geeks are able to wax poetic on the supple curves of the latest Jannon revival or the fit factor of Avant Garde’s™ alternate ligatures without sounding insane.

In addition: http://www.sil.org/lingualinks/literacy/PrepareForALiteracyProgram/ WhereThePeopleCannotRead.htm == another idea: front:

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In the middle of the mixing and mingling at TypeCon, a trio of young European designers joined us in Toronto, offering friendship and delicious type to a hungry crowd. The Underware boys went way beyond drawing beautiful letters. They brought us into their world with warmth, humor, and sexy typefaces. After a long and satisfying day at the conference, I was in my hotel room with a few young type designers, listening to ’80s new wave through a Powerbook’s tinny speakers while we fondled Underware’s Read Naked, a book allegedly designed to withstand rough treatment in the heat and moisture of a sauna.

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constructivist™ Six fonts recreate the bold graphic design of early Soviet Era artists such as Rodchenko and Popova.

london underground™

arts & crafts™ The lettering of Dard Hunter at the Roycroft, circa 1900. Part of a 16-font a&c celebration, including the styles of Frank Lloyd Wright, Maxfield Parrish, and William Morris.

czech modernist™

constructivist™

Drawn from the work of designer Vojtech Preissig. Combines bold experimentation with a high degree of legibility.

posada™ The poster lettering and imagery of Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupé Posada (1852–1913). Two fonts and 60 illustrations celebrating the Day of the Dead.

arts & crafts™

czech modernist™

posada™

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POSTER P OST STER EXHI H

london underground™ p22 teamed up with London’s Transport Museum to digitize Edward Johnston’s legendary face of the Underground.


A motley collection of nametags from various events over many years suggests some of the possibilities – good, bad, and peculiar. How many could actually be read from six feet away?

AT ANY PLANNED GATHERING OF A COMMUNITY THAT’S TOO LARGE OR FAR-FLUNG FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW EVERYONE ELSE BY SIGHT, THE TIME-HONORED SOLUTION TO THE RECOGNITION PROBLEM IS NAMETAGS. AT A FAMILY GATHERING, THESE ARE PROBABLY PLAIN WHITE STICK-ON LABELS, WITH NAMES HANDLETTERED BY AUNT FRIEDA; AT A CONFERENCE, THEY’RE USUALLY PREPRINTED AND HOUSED IN PLASTIC HOLDERS MADE FOR SUCH AN EVENT. NAMETAGS ARE A VERY LOCAL AND SPECIALIZED BRANCH OF INFORMATION DESIGN, AND, AS SUCH, THEY FORM PART OF THE GLUE THAT BINDS TOGETHER A COMMUNITY.

Nametags are utterly practical, or at least they should be – they exist as labels, and nothing more. In a professional environment, where a hefty admission fee may be charged, they serve dual purposes: in addition to identifying the person, a nametag signifies that the wearer is a registered attendee of the conference, convention, or trade show. That aspect – and the (sometimes casual, sometimes serious) attempts to prevent an outsider from counterfeiting a badge in order to get in – can lead to baroquely elaborate badges, where the name of the attendee is relegated to a fairly minor position. To the professional event organizer, it may seem more important to identify each person as a member of the group; but to the individuals themselves, it’s more important to identify other individuals. Although the tag from TypeCon2004 gives pride of place to

This is where the humble nametag enters the same

the name and uses a clear typeface, there was no reason the

realm as highway signage and wayfinding systems, as

point size couldn’t have been a good deal larger – even while

a kind of walking environmental design. The moment the design of nametags really matters is when one

what’s my name? nametags in theory and in practice

allowing for unusually long names. (That’s a good reason for using a fairly compact face.)

is stumbling about at an opening reception, trying to spot familiar names without rudely staring at people’s chests. That surreptitious sideways glance – trying to catch a glimpse of a person’s name without being too obvious – certainly has a better chance of being inconspicuous if the name on the tag is typeset in a large, clear typeface, in upper and lowercase letters against a background that doesn’t clash with the type. Even 24-point Helvetica™ Bold will do, if there’s nothing around it on the card; something like 40-point ff Meta®

by

Bold Condensed would be far better, or perhaps 36-point Medium. Given the distance at which these names will be read, a typeface that is normally reserved for use at very small text sizes could work well – Bell

This cosmic badge, while sporting a charming illustration, is cluttered. The name is too small and blends into the background, making it difficult to discern.

Centennial,™ for example. The idea is clarity, above all.

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In a less security-conscious era, attendees sometimes took

The nametag from FontShop’s Fuse98 conference, while

matters into their own hands. In 1977, the Westercon xxx

elegant and spare, suffers from a common problem: the

nametag – more decoration than identifier – inspired

conference’s visual identity takes up more room than

cartoonist Dan Steffan to turn the cardboard card over and

the attendee’s name.

draw a larger and more amusing nametag on the back.

The least functional is the nametag for a science fiction

The most beautiful of these nametags was created

convention held in 1986, where the plastic badge-holder

for the opening of a student book design exhibition.

serves as an advertisement for the convention and a

In keeping with the aesthetics of many of the book

frame for an illustration, but only incidentally as a way

designs, this badge has no clutter at all. But the tag is

of identifying the individual wearing the tag.

small, and the name is too tiny to be read easily.

Times™ Bold isn’t a highly legible typeface at a

And, of course, there is the straight-forward skewing

distance, but it’s at least familiar. At this size, on an

of expectations. What would you write in the space

unusually large nametag, it manages to do its job.

provided when the tag says, “Hello, My Name Is Not?”

Allowing attendees to customize their nametags can help break the ice. At TypeCon2004, FontShop’s stickers served as a catalyst for conversation. Clockwise from above: Mike Parker (Font Bureau®), Dyana Weissman (Font Bureau), Stephen Coles (Typographica®), Thomas Phinney (Adobe®), Calliope Gonzales (Tricky Pup®).

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5/17/05, 3:55 PM / Sami invites Akiem & bas to ichat.

Who are you? We believe a typeface can be as expressive as the human face. The hundreds of images posted to the “I Am” Gallery prove this is true. Join in our celebration of typographic diversity at FontShop.com/IAm.

¶ Akiem / typeface Auto 1 italic Sami / typeface Auto 2 italic   Bas / typeface Auto 3 italic A cover: it’s about reading, not about design  B cover: when you buy a font,  also donate a school year for a girl in India  Bas Jacobs has joined this chat. Akiem Helmling has joined this chat. ¶ Ugh... much too forced... keep it simple and ¶ funny and people will listen. Ok, ok.  4:00 PM Akiem, I think you’re the master  in combining fun & serious stuff!!  So we take the portable dog again...   Okay, we keep on posting content in this chat. front: the fonts in this magazine are for reading.  back: but 1 billion people  will use the mag as toilet paper.  4:05 PM front: this mag is toilet paper for 1 billion people.   front: What’s the message  back: if you can’t read? 4:10 PM Combining only text can make it easily serious.  So adding an image helps to get the fun. 

4:25 PM  Typedesign is dead, if you can’t read.  A typeface is meaningless, if you can’t read.  This typeface is no damn good, if you can’t read.  (sucks might be a bit rough maybe?)  This typeface is useless, if you can’t read. ¶ No way! It is the power. 4:30 PM Check your mail. 

4:15 PM ¶ Getting religious: you should love othermens fonts, ¶ as much as you love your own ones. ¶ The holy community. ¶ Peace on earth.

 Okay, so the text is decided now?  This type(face?) sucks, if you can’t read.  That’s it? ¶ Hmm, why not: type sucks - if you can not read.  Okay. ¶ What is the format again?  184 × 279. Also okay for me,  but on the other hand ‘This typeface’  looks really strong in the sketches of Bas.  4:50 PM  Okay, let’s send this screenshot of Akiem to FSI/Punchcut  and let them discuss. Again, it’s about the concept, not  about the final visual form. Let’s do that now, and don’t  waste too much useless time today. ¶ One second please.

4:20 PM

4:55 PM ¶ I think it is more easy to convince them with the design ¶ I just sent by email. ¶ So we would need front and back. ¶ I think I am happy with it.  Type rocks, if you can design.  Type rocks, if you can read.  Type rocks, if you design.

 Reminds me of this:

 (again, what’s the message if you can’t read). ¶ front: this type sucks. back: if you can not read. That’s it! 

¶ Where is this from?  I took it at the KABK. ¶ Who did it?  A student I guess (graphic design?) Check your mail. 

4:45 PM

¶ or both one on page really big and really small. ¶ front: type sucks. ¶ typedesign sucks.

Wauw, Akiem, you did it!  Works really well with front + back  ¶ Perhaps it does not need a bubble on the front? Yes, it’s stronger to have only one bubble (in the back)   rock = front? ¶ Of course.  Okay, send it. Yes, do it.  ¶ Now it is much more positive. Yes please send it.  Don’t go to details yet (colours, etc).  First we need approval for this concept.  Sami, you send it, shall I do it? Ok, so it’s my job to send it?   Type faster guy! I’ll send it. 5:00 PM / chat ends

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