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The Times They Are a-Changin’

9 Sep

Now, lets get a little civic for just a moment. I’m taking a spin on something that seems to catch my eye every now and then. Just thought it might be worth a mention, to see how far down the rabbit hole it might fall here.
After all, it is everywhere. On your TV, newspapers, and even on car bumper stickers in Australia.

No, its not the Olympics (Thank you TV for scaring my retinas into 2 weeks of hiding).

For those of you living under a dark, heavy rock somewhere, it is of course the American Presidential Campaign. Its close and Obama will remember his own message just as well as we do.

Just a handful of hateful jokes, written by none other than George Bush’s speech writer and uttered by Sarah Palin isn’t going to change much of the truth behind the painting.
People like George Bush, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh have been using the harsh politics of fear and hate to divide their countries people for decades. Even though they sub-standardly profess to be uniters not dividers. But, apparently out of desperation, McCain has sold out on his own beliefs to embrace the scorched earth politics of his handlers in this rat race.

I’m not one for following whole heartily the mass union of American politics, but the passion behind not only the country but what its people can do for it, have me paying a little more attention this time. Just a little more heart seems to be pouring its way into the American dream. Oh ‘Yes we can’ this time.
Small town or big city, hockey mum or hard working dad, black or white, red or blue – there is only one country.

There will always and everywhere be disagreements on politics and religion but the big scary truth is that we’re all in this together. The people who fought back in honor on United Flight 93 didn’t do it for “Let’s Roll” to become a political slogan. The rescue workers who died in the World Trade Towers didn’t do it so They could turn 9/11 into a fast and easy stump speech. These people work hard, do their duty and rise to the occasion – no matter the differences, because without it, the country just wouldn’t work.

This election is about hope.

And thats Obama’s kicker. Hope that people can stop flinging mud amongst other matter and start building bridges.
If McCain and Palin disagree with how to do that, then they should tell us their plan. But if the Republicans wish to make this campaign about character assassination, Obama and Joe Biden should just let them do their thing. The only needed response is to show them that there is another road to take. And this time, they’re waiting eagerly.

A special shout out to Amelia McManus for keeping me so in touch with it all. 🙂

O-bama right?

It’s an Obama-thon

19 Jul

This just in…

It’s only for those seeking a change.
When the standard is just not enough anymore… Why not try an Obama Blend. Available within the hearts of all good Americans …and apparently Campo’s Coffee.

If I could pick any font to kill it would be Comic Sans.

16 Jun

Comic Sans is the leading cause of cancer and car accidents.

Well not really.
But it may possibly be pretty high up on the list of pain infliction and the unsightly.

In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Very wrong minimal. Fine, we can deal with just that.

Since that time, the typeface has been used in countless contexts from signage to essays to business information. This prevalent misuse of printed typefaces threatens to erode the very foundations on which centuries of typographic history have been built.
It’s now a designer’s nightmare. I mean, I get that font selection is a matter of personal preference but many people may disagree with this… It’s a matter of knowledge, experience and awareness.

Or something like that.
It’s just so obviously hideous and out of place in as much as 99.4% of situations. Actually make that 99.8%.

I know that they say – all fonts are like children, you have to love them no matter how ugly, but something went terribly wrong with this baby.
Today though, I was asked (yes seriously queried) what was wrong with Comic Sans… I mean, many people hate Comic Sans and it has pretty much become a fearful following, I paused for a second wondering if people even really got it, or just felt the need to hate it.

No one really asks why… you just do or you don’t. Black and white.
But hurry; if you don’t say you hate it people will assume you love it.

It doesn’t end there. Like the tone of a spoken voice, the characteristics of a typeface convey meaning. The design of the typeface is, in itself, its voice. Often this voice speaks louder than the actual font itself.

The misuse of Comic Sans is frequent and frequently unjustified. For a font that was designed for a comic book style of information – it conveys a childish naivety. An uncultured, unwanted flashback from the 90’s. Is this really what you want to put forward in a resume? Is it really what you want your clients to gather about your company?
For some reason so many people feel the need to use Comic Sans. They say “cool, comic sans is all I use.” But we hear: “I have absolutely no design sense, and hence I use this font almost all the time.”


There have been petitions against it, stickers that circulate the web and endles
s blogs about the nature and overuse of it. Cult following? Possibly. But it is good to know I am not alone in my dislike of the font.