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We did you read first? For God’s sake, don’t say you read the headline first! How the hell has that happend? I thought headlines had to go at the top of the page and be huge in order to work? Here it is in 10pt, the recommended size for body copy according to the Ten Commandments, and placed at the bottom of a page, but you still read it first?

Christ! I don’t know what to say! It just goes to show that headlines can be put anywhere and at any size and still work. Anyway, who says that you have to read them first on every article? God help us if every designer stuck to this rule. Imagine what magazines would look like. Drab, I think the word is, Your copy of Baseline would look identical to Heat!

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The white are you can see is part of a American Typewriter “a”. But you can’t read that is is an “a”, so it is not legible. If the commandments are to be adhered to, in this instance is American Typewriter no longer a typerface? Janus Moire, by contrast, is not strictly legible, but it portrays a sense of mazed letterforms, so it does communicated as a typeface.


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Commandments are all very well and good for design beginners because, let’s face it, they do work. The old saying is true; you need to learn the rules and can demonstrate that can put them into practice, that’s where the fun begins. It’s just like being a child again; your parents teachs you the rules but it’s always for more fun breaking them! I’m sure even Joseph and Mary had their fair share of that when Jesus was a nipper; it’s part of growing up. So why should typography be any different? First, you learn the rules, and later you delight in breaking them. You might make a complete mess, like when you covered the walls with paint when you were young and your mother gave you a good hiding, but you learn from those mistaks and carry on breaking rules

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more successfully. It’s hard work to and succeed, but it’s better to fail in originally than to succeed in imitation. By sticking to Commandments, you are just copying other people’s rules, so why not make your own? One of the Fallen Angels, Michael Worthington, said: “True experimentation means taking risks. Not knowing the outcome but trying something that you think will be successful, but you have no proof. What happens if I mix element. A with element F? Could be gold, could be sulphur.” The age is upon us now when we have hardly any of the technical restraints that they had when the Commandments were rigidly practised. We have to thank such pioneers as Apple Computers, for designing the Macintosh, and such Fall Angels as Ruby VandeLans and Zuzana Licko for buying one in 1984 and teaching us to experiment, try new and unsualy things, and for


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> The account of Satan in the Bible implies that he turned one third of the angelic host against God. It’s not hard to imagine that Satan went among the angels, seeking to build support for his contention that they were far too good at typography to stick to God’s Commandments. It was thus that Satan became filled with violence against the rules. Eventually satan designed Surfer, a magazine that he must have felt would deliver him to position he believed should rightfully have been his in the beginning. He decided to deceive his readers with the psychological design of Surfer and by disobeying all God’s express Commandments. Now Satan was more cunning than ever. Through the design of Surfer, and later Raygun, he said to his readers that God’s almighty Commandments can successfully be broken. He proved that once the rules are broken, our eyes are opened toendless typographic possibilities. So when his readers saw that. Satan’s design work was pleasant to the eye, they too behan to flout the rules. Notice Satan’s tactics: he didn’t preach to his readers directly, but instead his design did the talking and led them to doubt God’s laws.


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