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Torontoist, a non-viable operation, takes time out from its remit of transgender apologia and lying about gay history to publish the worst typography article of the year, not at all coïncidentally written by a young Millennial hack who knows nothing. (And is additionally a vizmin female, hence immune from criticism.)

Isabelle Docto’s “How Typography Makes Toronto More Accessible” is incorrect in its premise and in seemingly every detail. The piece tardily documents an inconsequential pilot project to erect “wayfinding” stelæ in the Financial District. Any experienced person knows this is an effort by inferiority-complex-beset city bureaucrats to bring Bristol Legible City to Toronto. (Docto is not an experienced person.)

Every town that wants to improve its “wayfinding” wants Bristol Legible City replicated in that town. That’s what happened here, and that isn’t conjecture: A lead designer on the Bristol project and its descendants (really the) confirmed that to my face.

Monolithic sign with green cap (with an angled top edge) next to illuminated TTC sign

These stelæ were the result of a lengthy project with endless “consultation” meetings, not a single one of which I was able to attend over a very long period. Nobody would have wanted me there anyway because, first of all, this was a gathering of people, and, second of all, I would have correctly stated that this is an exercise in replicating Bristol Legible City and all parts of it were foregone conclusions.

Nonetheless, if we accept Docto’s premise of accessibility, we would need empirical research proving the stelæ actually work for people with disabilities. But we’d also need that for nondisabled people. City bureaucrat Chris Ronson confirmed no tests were done with visually-impaired people. He claimed actual tests were actually done with nondisabled people but, when challenged, refused to provide them. (I’ll be getting them anyway.)

Docto’s untutored nonsense in detail: [continue with “Worst typography article” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2016.10.04 14:27. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2016/10/04/docto/


When Men Meet is a not-very-well-typeset academic book, now rather obscure and possibly no less obscure when it came out, by Danish sociologist Henning Bech. (I believe his health is not good at present.)

The book is packed to the walls with unique insights, all written down in non-academic English. What’s even more interesting is that Bech does not even bother apologizing for locating his interests in his own history and what happens in Denmark. Only an American would think what happens in Denmark isn’t interesting, and one thing I am not is American. [continue with “‘When Men Meet’” →]

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2016.08.21 14:11. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2016/08/21/whenmenmeet/

Paula Scher, quoted in one of those endless books full of profiles of already-successful designers and additionally full of those designers’ Words to Live By.

I knew when I was going to work with Tiffany that what was wrong with their packaging was that the type was too big. It didn’t look expensive enough. What looks expensive? Something that’s withholding, something pulled back. Who wants it? Women who shop. What do they do? They go like this – they feel it. If you have a shiny, crappy piece of paper on the outside of your box that isn’t making a beautiful pattern, get some expensive paper. It’s goddamn Tiffany’s. Don’t have this crap stuff you can buy at a five-and-dime store. Dye the inside of the box. Make this stuff look like it’s letterpressed. It’s money. You’re designing for money.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2016.08.21 14:10. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2016/08/21/designingformoney/

On 2016.07.30, I filed a complaint under the Pride Toronto Dispute Resolution Process against Black Lives Matter Toronto, accusing this activist group of violence, discrimination, hate speech, and violation of the contract it signed with Pride Toronto.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2016.08.12 08:34. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2016/08/12/blmcomplaint/

I’m maintaining an archive of important documents in the fight between Black Lives Matter and Pride Toronto. Both sides have unclean hands, but by far the biggest sin is forgetting the lessons of the Community Advisory Panel and the apparent dismantling of the Dispute Resolution Process.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2016.07.15 11:49. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2016/07/15/blmv/


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