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More than FONTastic

January 25, 2011

My seven-year-old likes to play on mom’s (that’s me) computer whenever it comes home. This past weekend, she had been carefully working for quite some time and asked me to come and read her story. At first glance, I was caught off guard by the small output of her efforts. In just under an hour, she had created a few, short sentences. At closer inspection, I was filled with pride for her independent, creative act and with respect for the time it takes to utilize type as art.

The words she used: The cat is big and brown and orange.  The cat is  small. Not Big. He got  sick.

The way she used them:

To my delight she was trying to express how the word looks as part of the story. The word “big” should be big. The word “sick” is probably wobbly and green. While it’s not quite time to rush out and get her the visual history of typography, I did track down a book perfect for the blooming graphic designer: “Alphabeasties.”  If not for your little one, this book would be a hit as a shower gift to an expecting designer mom.

Seeing that my daughter understands “step one:” that the words on a page have an opportunity to be a part of the art, the examples in “Alphabeasties” will guide us to step two: using simple type to create shapes. And then, lesson three: complex typography to take over the galactic empire…


What’s that honey? You’d rather play “go fish?”
Oh well. At least I’m inspired.

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