Another cool experiment in typography: the Word Clock, by Simon Heys. It’s a screen saver for the Mac or PC, which displays the time, beautifully, in text. It allows fine-grain control over typographic attributes like leading and kerning, and has two modes: linear is displayed in the screenshot at right; check the web site to see what rotary looks like (the video is worth more words than I’m willing to type).
There’s also an iPhone app, which I hope gets released eventually through iTunes. From the looks of it, the current app requires you to jailbreak your phone.
Like so many of the cool design items on Errata, Steve sent this one.
A million thanks to whichbe for teaching us all how to flip our fonts, and to Reverse Fad Productions (great name) for being an enabler.
Upside-down and chained_bear’s little gift to Prolagus just made my evening.
Running with the typeface motif, I pass on a documentary Tim dug up this afternoon:
Behind the typeface: Cooper Black
A few small bits:
Helvetica: The Movie. A movie about a font — font meets girl, font loses girl, etc. Great concept, and its web site is, as one might expect from such a high-design project, quite lovely as well.
I recently came across what amounts to a math dictionary. Definitely not high-design, but the content is very well done, and it includes many citations, the best part of any dictionary.
Lastly, a few Wordie regulars have graciously agreed to contribute to this blog on an occasional, informal basis. Stay tuned 🙂