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Designing The Apartment in ‘Friends’ (via Great Big Story)

Five minutes of background about the silent characters of TV series – their sets.
John Shaffner designed the set of “Friends.”
And lots of other sets for other shows.
From Monica’s apartment to the now ubiquitous couches in coffee shops that all mirror the Central Perk, the sets set a scene, build a collateral memory, and sometimes even become part of the story themselves.

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Fonts In Use

Fonts In Use is “An independent archive of typography”.
The website is an archive of photographs of all sorts of items, each photo accompanied by an identification of the particular fonts which feature in its design.
Tagged by industries, formats, and typefaces each featured item has a page that states something about the history of the item or product and the fonts used as part of its production.
It’s interesting to get some ideas for fonts and what sort of fonts are used together in various products.
Want to know what type face is used on a product, show or book?
This is the place.
A design haven.
Go visit.

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The Not So Secret History Of Comic Sans Font

I’m glad we stopped using Comic Sans font at MGPC.
Particularly before my new colleague arrived.
In this video we learn why comic sans is effective art.

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Swindon’s Seven Circle Roundabout

Mount Gambier has an intersection where one street forms a t-junction with the highway that runs through town.
There are regular crashes there because folk can’t get the hang of turning across oncoming traffic.
It would be fun to watch one of these roundabouts in the middle of town.

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The Secret Origin Of Papyrus Font

Along with Comic Sans, Papyrus is a font that is present on lots and lots of computers.
It’s not held in high regard, but remains very popular in public usage.

This article introduces us to the Papyrus’ designer Chris Costello and explains how a font designed in 1983 has come to be everywhere.

From the article:

One day in 1983, Costello was doodling with a calligraphy pen on a pile of parchment paper, when he dashed off some spindly capital letters with rough edges and high horizontal strokes. According to Costello, he was inspired in his doodling by his own personal search for peace with God. “I was thinking a lot about the Middle East, then, and Biblical Times, so I was drawing a lot of ligatures and letters with hairline arrangements,” he says.
Something about the characters he had drawn spoke to him, so over the period of a few days, he worked on the letters, until he’d come up with an entire Roman alphabet in all caps. Costello was pleased enough with the finished design, which he christened Papyrus, to see if it could be turned into a font: his very first typeface.
So he sent it out to some of the big and small names in type distribution at the time. “Everyone rejected it,” he laughs. Except for one company: a small British company called Letraset that may have originated Lorum Ipsum text.

Read the whole post here.

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Aeropress Inventor Alan Adler

This six-and-a-half minute inventor portrait features Alan Adler, creator of the Aeropress coffee maker and Aerobie flying disc.
He speaks about the love of design behind his creations, and the joy that people’s appreciation of them brings him.

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Comic Papyrus

What if the two most maligned fonts in desktop publishing got together and produced an offspring?
Wonder no longer.
Meet Comic Papyrus.
This is a real thing, but I’m not commending it.
No, I’m just admiring the audacity.