Douglas Adams on The New

Khoi Vin:

Douglas Adams, in his book “The Salmon of Doubt,” wrote that “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies.” The rules are:
  1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone, I must admit. Youngsters: it will happen to you, too. Via cdixon.org.

Words to live and work by in a university.

And Now We Are Monochrome

Today I changed the color scheme of the blog to all blacks and grays on the white background. Perhaps you noticed. You would, you observant thing you.

Ask H&FJ: Four Ways to Mix Fonts

Ask H&FJ: Four Ways to Mix Fonts

Is there a way to know what fonts will work together? Building a palette is an intuitive process, but expanding a typographic duet to three, four, or even five voices can be daunting. Here are four tips for navigating the typographic ocean, all built around H&FJ's Highly Scientific First Principle of Combining Fonts: keep one thing consistent, and let one thing vary.
I see that the combos look really good together, but I do not understand the criteria they use for their choices. It’s a way of seeing and combining patterns that I don’t grasp yet. I may never. Too bad I haven’t studied design. Nonetheless, an interesting presentation (and advert for their fonts).

Via John Grober.