Regibility and Leadability- A Lecture

Legibility carries different meanings for different constituencies. At a recent lecture entitled “Legi…….” Denis Pelli described his collaboration with typographer __. Several years went by before they realized that the terms they were sharing in their experiments and investigations meant quite different things to each.
In a dry and fairly colorless (no infographics here) chart Pelli […]

Ottmar Mergenthaler’s Bride

According to the filmmakers the film Linotype was started as a movie about a wonderful piece of machinery and ended as a portrait of people who’d worked with the machine for a long time or were attached to it in some other fashion. A heavy but delicate machine that spat out hot metal into moulds of letterforms composed on a kind of typewriter, the Linotype speeded up the setting of type by a factor of six, recycled metal type and along with other efficiences drastically reduced the cost of printing.

Keith Tantlinger And The Cargo Container

Keith Taitlinger, R.I.P. March 22, 1919 – August 27, 2011
Nearly six decades ago, Keith W. Tantlinger built a box — or, more accurately, the corners of a box. It was a seemingly small invention, but a vital one: it set in motion a chain of events that changed the way people buy and sell things, […]

Lubricating the Presentation of Data

It all started with chart junk. Peddled ……. by Edward Tufte, the notion of chart junk is essential to a discourse about the production of style in media.
Good taste prevails. The tyranny of legibility.