Maury will never read this


So, I think posting this here is safe.

He is adamant on not exchanging gifts this year, but I don’t care.

Being in a long distance relationship means there’s a little treasure trove of data: cities, countries, and continents visisted; hours and miles traveled; days spent together; etc. So, I’m currently compiling a spreadsheet with this data and using various formulas and pivot tables to find some patterns or just raw totals to design an infographic. And by infographic, I imagine that’ll it be a watercolor bar graph. It looks really good in my head — how it’ll actually turn out is unclear.

A preview of the totals: 33,592 and 27,477.3 miles traveled by him and me, respectively, and about 78 and 65 hours in travel time.

For the record, he is not amused. “This is a cute distortion of data — we didn’t exactly travel this far only to see each other.” Not verbatim. Hahaha.

*Illustration above is from Jessica Durrant’s beautiful portfolio of watercolors!

My 2006 self. Gah.

Is it a low point or a high point when you begin to quote yourself? I am thinking the former… yes, most likely former. Double gah (but one space!).

As I’m sitting here working, I keep referencing the CSPA Stylebook for things like “5 a.m.” and “I before E, but neither leisured foreign sovereign seized the heifer on the weird heights”. Digression at its finest, my question is do we put one or two spaces after a sentence? After a bit of research, here is a very simplified explanation: I am going to continue to use one space because typographists have preplanned the width of the whitespace to accomodate the period. Unless you are using a typewriter or the monospaced or fixed-width fonts like Courier, I’d put two. Is it really worth it to put two spaces to improve readiability despite designers’ efforts to make a good type font with preplanned kearning already? Using two spaces is an extra wasted keystroke where a single space serves its function nicely. Double spaces are typically removed for typesetting prior to print publication and who needs more white space anyway? There is no reason that sentence-ending punctuation should follow any different rules from clause-ending punctuation. Capitalization of the first letter neatly signals the end of one structure and the next, so no other typography is needed. Finally, on the World Wide Web, double spaces get truncated into a single space unless you put a non-breaking space “ ”; however, some browsers even join those concurrent spaces into a single space! Looks like I am going to take a Typography class..
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On desks

Stumbled across a video from imaginary forces on artists, their desks, and the idea of —

Some notable bits:
There’s something about coming to sit at a desk that stops you from becoming completely nomadic and drifting entirely. / If you want to understand the inner workings of an artist’s mind, then of course the desk is the most telling space for that. The way the desk is arranged, the way the desk is cluttered, the mess that you find at the end of the day. / If a messy desk is a sign of a messy mind, what is an empty desk a sign of?

Massimo Vignelli on his desk: My desk is very square, very strong. It’s very important to have a place where you work that is in sync with yourself. / David Miller: You’re surrounded by your stuff… to be around books and stuff taped up on the wall, that’s when stuff starts to happen, you start to create a world, there’s a sense of warmth, a familiarity…

The desk as an aspirational space: The way you arrange things on a desk is the kind of how you’d like to be. The reality of life today is means that you can’t always be there and you have to take that idea of that working space with you.

I leave you with my humble desk, which might I add, is like posting a photo of yourself in your skivvies:

Finding the designer

I mentioned Penguin’s Great Ideas (3) & Great Love series in an earlier entry, but thought of them again because they’re so typographically beautiful and well-designed. Anyway, I woke up this morning but stayed in bed, read through some blogs & RSS feeds on my iPhone until I had this urge to look up workspaces. Somewhere in between searching for YSL’s desk, which I had the opportunity to see IRL at the Petit Palais (!!), and reading an old NYTimes article about ampersands (Well, kind of: “The cases [of B & H and H & H] are unrelated; their announcement on the same day a coincidence. But they provided bagel lovers and techies — worse yet, techies who love bagels — with a shared reason for concern.”), I happily stumbled upon the designer of the Penguin series and his portfolio: David Pearson. I do love that horizontal scroll.

While on the subject of publishing, one of my favorite publishers, Phaidon, just launched its new site.
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