|News & opinion | Summer 2003 | updated 6/13/03
|Cheaper than design school
|New online publication
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|Summer at last!
What now? I opposed the war beforehand, and am very concerned about the long-term effects of the aggressive foreign policy of the Bush administration. But it's time to move on and work for peace in other ways.
One good thing to come of this is that I learned of many organizations, some design oriented, some not, working on political issues. Like:
There are many more, which I'll share with you in the future. Some are found in our Mar. 5 special issue.
4000 people downloaded the background tiles we offered as visual expression of opposition to American foreign policy.
If you're a regular visitor to this site you know that this update has been a long time coming—about as long as the arrival of sun in Cleveland this year. We've had an unusually gloomy, wet spring, which in my mind matches the world situation. See sidebar at right for more on that.
For now, I want to focus on something positive. I'd like to share a bit of joy in the form of flowers growing in our backyard — the background image you see on this page and on the homepage is a highly abstracted version of the photo at left, taken on May 29.
My glamourous weekend
Created by the San Francisco design firm Move, n_Gen does an uncannily effective job of creating layouts in various styles, including California Noir (think David Carson) Modernist (think 70s-80s corporate) and others that you'll recognize instantly.
If you think Emigre gets a little too full of itself sometimes, try creating your own issue with the Urbivore module. See, that wasn't so hard, was it?
The folks at Move used Macromedia Director to create a stand-alone application that combines text, fonts, and images in a semi-random fashion. You choose a layout (business card, poster, flyer, etc.), replace the sample text with your own and hit the "Generate" button. Don't like the result? Try again. It's a lot quicker than four years at art school. The scary thing is, it's sometimes better.
I've tried n_Gen on a relatively new G4 Mac running OSX 10.2.3 and it works fine in its basic form, but crashes when I try to switch to another style module. A prompt response from Move assured me that this will be fixed in an OSX native version that's coming soon.
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You can download fonts one at a time or in collections. Many of us complain of how expensive fonts are, using this as justification for pirating them. Here's a way to get variety in your font collection with a totally clear conscience. Ray also sells extended, "Deluxe" font sets via his companion typodermic website.
-Al Wasco, May 30, 2003
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