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Archive for March, 2010

Which type are you? Well-designed and fun quiz

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 29th, 2010

One of my students sent me a link to this quiz on “which type are you.” Not only did I enjoy it from a type geek perspective, but also from a design perspective. The video quiz flows nicely, uses visual verbal rhetoric well, and has a clear personality. It is cleverly designed. I quite enjoyed […]

Internet use around the world: 21.3%

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 26th, 2010

Ever wonder how many people around the world or in particular countries use the Internet? This handy resource by Google provides a graph over time (1990-2007), allowing you to see and compare Internet users as percentage of population for a variety of countries. You can select by check boxes from a long list of countries […]

Color theory link

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 23rd, 2010

If you are a designer and just don’t know what to do about color, this article “Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color” provides some great information on color. It is a nice starting place with info warm, cool, and neutral colors; primary and secondary colors; the meanings of the colors; and […]

Typography Joke of the Week: Comic Sans

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 22nd, 2010

Here is another typography joke:

Choosing a Readable Screen Typeface

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 22nd, 2010

Do you have problems selecting good typefaces for your digital media? Here are a few tips I posted a while ago (see Interested in New Microsoft Typefaces? In Screen Readability?). Since they were part of another post, I thought it may be helpful to post them seperately. When choosing your typefaces for screen use and […]

Interested in New Microsoft Typefaces? In Screen Readability?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 11th, 2010

Even Microsoft thinks screen readability is important. Of course, if you can’t read what’s on the screen, you can’t really use Microsoft’s products, so this makes sense. Beginning about four years ago, Microsoft started releasing six new typefaces designed for screen readability with their software, according to Anne Van Wagener in this article “The Next […]

Research supports free ebooks!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 10th, 2010

Bloggers, podcasters, and other social media experts have often claimed that the release of free digital content, like podcasts of books, helps books sales. Grammar Girl and Scott Sigler have proven this true in their own ways. But now there is more than anecdotal evidence. Researchers at BYU found that release of free ebooks correlates […]

Viacom: “fair use works for us”

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 8th, 2010

In this interesting follow-up story by ARS, Viacom, owners of Comedy Central, support the fair use of video clips by bloggers. In an earlier report by Hollywood Reporter, it appeared Viacom was going to go after bloggers who posted slips of the Daily Show or Colbert Report. But this was wrong. According to Jeremy Zweig […]

Typography Joke of the Week

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 7th, 2010

I got quite the laugh from this. Thanks to Bill (of Talking Traffic) for sending this to me: I viewed this on The Rejectionist, which cites Fuck Yeah, Puns!.