Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo’ That!

You’ve probably noticed that lately I’ve been having some trouble with my regular posting schedule. A post per week might not seem like a lot, but life has been getting busy and I’m finding myself slightly overwhelmed with the work that I’ve taken on. Because of this, I’ve decided to do away with my regular “post every Thursday” schedule. For now, I’m just going to post whenever I find time.

Until I find time to write a quality post, here’s a great website that my sister sent me a few weeks ago. I’ve been poking through it in my spare time.

practicaltypography.com

Butterick’s Practical Typography is an online book that teaches professional writers (and everyone else) the basics of typography. Its introduction reads:

As professional writers, we do more than write. We edit, we format, we print, we generate PDFs, we make web pages. More than ever, we’re responsible for delivering the written word to our readers. So we’re not just writers – we’re publishers.

Typography is the visual component of the written word. And being a publisher of the written word necessarily means being a typographer.

This book will make you a better typographer.

Typography is becoming more and more mainstream, especially as hipsters have begun churning out those little “I-just-stuck-a-quote-on-an-unrelated-landscape-image” pictures. Here’s an example:

Okay, so this one’s been doctored a little bit.

Seriously, though, Butterick’s is worth a read. There’s a lot of information there, so if you’re pressed for time but would like a quick typography lesson, check out the “Typography in Ten Minutes” chapter. If you read it with your Spritz, you’ll be able to get through it in significantly less than ten minutes.

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