Through Lines 150
These renderings by Alain Biet of everyday junk drawer items transformed into a mesmerizing visual symphony is genuinely magical and out of this world.
- I found myself nodding along all through Robin’s recent post about prioritization within the tech world. People, and purpose first, tech last.
- St. Vincent and the Roots are a truly perfect pairing for this cover of the Portishead classic Glory Box from earlier in the week on the Tonight Show.
- Melon Husk (aka Space Karen) truly is aiming for the Worst Human award of 2023, or maybe just of all time at this point. Truly and utterly horrible and stupid.
- The second part of a three-part deep dive into the brilliant letterpress work of Amos Kennedy Jr. by Poster House curator, Angelina Lippert. Amos is a true master of doing a lot with very little.
- I’m a little mesmerized by this epic 23 minute AI-generated music video for Pink Floyd's masterpiece Echoes.
- Secretly hoping Emily got me Hot Dog Finger Globes for my birthday this weekend.
- I adore these decorated initials the design team at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre made for the 400th anniversary of the bard’s historic work.
- Anything that meditates on the delight and magic of making books by hand feels particularly relevant to me this week. Why? See here.
- My old high school chum Jason released a new book called Undefeated this week for aspiring or delinquent writers alike. I’ll be diving into it myself this weekend.
- Naz is back properly with a beautiful and subdued site and I am here for it.
- The Shift Happens book’s Typewriter Simulator made me giggle with delight.
- This week I learned Apple has a very helpful inclusive writing guide.
- You can take back control over what you read on the internet. RSS (syndication) has been around for a long time and has been built into this site from day 1.
- Barry is coming back for one last killer season on HBO.
- File Under: good to know. Thanks, Canada.
Notable Type Releases
- Shantell Sans is a new open-source 5 axis variable marker style typeface based on artist Shantell Martin’s loose, highly gestural artistic approach. Includes a great behind-the-scenes process story as well.
- DSType’s now 15-year old Prelo (new to me) received a hefty Pro upgrade now with an expanded character set and support for Greek and Cyrillic. Modern and with a little bit of a tech kind of vibe, this looks like a solid workhorse family of weight and styles.
- Margaret Neue from Cinketype takes inspiration from Zoltán Nagy’s Margaret which dates back to 1960s Hungary. It ticks all the boxes for me and I’m excited to see it develop further — particularly with the future inclusion of a matching cursive.
- Neural from ECAL Typefaces had me befuddled initially. It’s weird and initially felt incomplete. It may yet be, but after looking at it, I think it may just take a moment to see the patterns in its unusual forms.
- Clothilde Bouan’s Niki is stoic, rhythmic, and has a chunky brick-like density with narrow counters, tight spacing. Definitely meant for use at large sizes.
- Twista almost looks like bent neon tubes merged with Escher-like illusions while managing to maintain high readability.
- I somehow missed DSType’s Apice in 2022 which infuses an almost mechanical yet still elegant rhythm into this connected script with multiple optical sizes.