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Why so many American men want to be the “good guy with a gun”

The rise of the “citizen protector” has reshaped the gun control battle.<p>Americans on both sides of the gun debate react viscerally whenever a mass shooting happens. But what’s distinctive about the American reaction, relative to what happens in other countries, is that the two sides of the gun …

Poll: most Americans say gun ownership increases safety. Research: nope.

The research suggests that the presence of a firearm actually makes homes less safe.<p>Does gun ownership make you safer?<p>If you ask the general public, most Americans say it does. According to a new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, 58 percent of Americans agree with the statement that …

The Problem with #MeToo and Viral Outrage

<b>Three days into the #MeToo meme,</b> my Facebook News Feed is teeming with posts. Female friends have shared heavy anecdotes about inappropriate events. …

These Photographs of Tokyo Look Like Scenes From 'Blade Runner'

See through Tom Blachford’s ‘Nihon Noir’ lens.<p>Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford‘s project <i>Nihon Noir</i> is pure eye candy for <i>Blade Runner</i> fans …

A better way to manage your passwords, explained with a cartoon

Have you ignored advice on using password managers? This cartoon is for you.<p>After every big hack or security glitch — like when Twitter said this week they accidentally stored passwords in plaintext — experts tell us to stop using the same password for every website. In fact, they tell us to stop …

Al Franken’s Resignation and the Selective Force of #MeToo

On what he called the worst day of his political life, Senator Al Franken articulated two points that are central to understanding what has become known as the #MeToo moment. In an eleven-minute speech, in which Franken announced his intention to resign from the Senate, he made this much clear: the …

Trump can thank the 'fake media' for his presidency

Of all the disputes about "fake news," none is more richly ironic than President Trump's attacks on CNN.<p>After all, the current head of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, helped design "The Apprentice" to make household words out of "Donald Trump" and "you're fired" back when he was head of NBC …

Typographer’s typefaces The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers. Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these principles it’s important to be familiar with a broad range of quality typefaces. Wouldn’t it be great to start with a short list of typefaces, hand-picked by designers in the type industry? In each issue of 8 Faces magazine we asked eight leading designers from the fields of typography, lettering and type design itself: If you could use just eight typefaces, which would you choose? Over four years and across eight issues we interviewed 64 world-renowned designers1, including; Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Michael Bierut, Nina Stössinger, Mark Simonson & Seb Lester, plus owners of respected type foundries such as, Font Smith, Type Together and Process Type. We’ve counted the number of times each typeface was selected and found consensus with the top 25. The top 10 designers’ favourite fonts will be quite familiar to many but hopefully the full list will provide a useful stepping stone to exploring many more. 1. Georgia Matthew Carter, 1993. Chosen 11 times. Originally designed for clarity on low resolution screens, for Microsoft, it is the counterpart to Verdana, which also appears in this list. Georgia has a large x-height and ascenders that rise above the cap height. It’s a sturdy yet friendly typeface, with a wonderful flowing italic, that features on millions of websites. “A gorgeous technical achievement.” Jason Santa Maria 2. Gotham Tobias Frere-Jones, 2000. Chosen 8 times. Famously used for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Each character just feels ‘normal’ and ‘right’”. H & FJ 3. FF Scala Martin Majoor, 1990. Chosen 7 times. FontShop International’s ‘first serious text face’. “Scala and Scala San are just about perfect.” John Boardley 4. Futura Paul Renner, 1927. Chosen 6 times. This immortal ‘modern’ typeface with its uncompromising shapes has become the benchmark geometric sans for almost 80 years. “Paul Renner’s Future characterised his time and influenced many other designers. It was a real modern typeface, not based on existing serif typefaces”. Georg Salden 5. Gill Sans Eric Gill, 1926. Chosen 5 times. A quintessential British design produced under the direction of Stanley Morison at Monotype. It remains one of the most distinctive blends of humanist and geometric shapes. 6. Garamond (Claude Garamond, c. 1480–1561), Several derivatives of the Parisian punch cutter’s design have been chosen, including; ITC Garamond (Tony Stan), Adobe Garamond & Garamond Premier (Robert Slimbach). Chosen 5 times. “Garamond was quite the master who appreciated restraint as much as elegance. Of the various roman and italic sizes that he cut, I feel his Vraye Parangonne font (about 18 pt.) best captures the essence of his vision. The subtlety of line and detail are simply remarkable.” Robert Slimbach 7. Caslon (Adobe Caslon) (William Caslon I, 1722) Carol Twombly, 1990. Chosen 4 times. Gave rise to a printer’s saying ‘When in doubt, use Caslon’. Also a favourite of Benjamin Franklin. 8. Akzidenz Grotesk H. Berthold, Berthold Type Foundry, 1898. Chosen 4 times. The first widely used sans serif typeface. “The original grotesque and still the best.” Vincent Connare 9. Alternate Gothic Morris Fuller Benton, 1903. Chosen 4 times. Designed for the American Typefounders Company (ATF). All three weights are bold and narrow. Currently used on YouTube’s homepage logo. “Very well designed and drawn. It’s a standard that I strive for in my own work” Mark Simonson 10. Baskerville John Baskerville, 1757. Chosen 4 times. Baskerville designed his own type to improve his printed works and better the dominant fonts of William Caslon. His typefaces were both admired (notably by Giambattista Bodoni and Benjamin Franklin) and criticised by his competitors. Baskerville made variations of his typeface for use at different sizes (now referred to as ‘optical sizes’). Some modern interpretations of Baskerville have been reproduced following the designs of a specific size, resulting in several distinct versions. 11. Helvetica Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann, 1957. Chosen 4 times. Helvetica needs no introduction as the planet’s most famous typeface—it even inspired a very good film. “You can say, ‘I love you,’ in Helvetica. And you can say it with Helvetica Extra Light if you want to be really fancy. Or you can say it with the Extra Bold if it’s really intensive and passionate, you know, and it might work.” Massimo Vingelli 12. Metro William Addison Dwiggins, 1930. Chosen 4 times. Designed out of a dissatisfaction with the san serifs of the time like Futura. 13. ITC Franklin Gothic Morris Fuller Benton, 1902. Chosen 4 times. Created for the American Type Founders Company and named after Benjamin Franklin. 14. Meta Serif Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby, 2007. Chosen 4 times. The serif companion to Eric Spiekermann’s influential sans serif, FF Meta. Also designed to work well with FF Unit and FF Unit Slab. 15. Trade Gothic Jackson Burke, 1948/1960. Chosen 4 times. Michael Bierut described it as “The ultimate ‘I don’t give a damn” typeface. No style, no nuance, just blunt, in-your-face, straightforward attitude.” 16. Adelle José Scaglione and Veronika Burian, 2009. Chosen 3 times. Adelle is a slab serif typeface conceived for intensive editorial use, mainly in newspapers and magazines but its personality and flexibility make it very adaptable. “Adelle Sans manages to capture one of the most desired of human emotions: cheerfulness.” Nadine Chahine 17. Caecilia Peter Matthias Noordzij, 1990. Chosen 3 times. A humanist rather than geometric slab serif, aiding its legibility. “A friendly slab serif that’s more contemporary in its structure. Its large, flexible, family that always sets a really nice approachable tone whenever I use it.” Frank Chimero 18. Chaparral Carol Twombly, 2000. Chosen 3 times. A “hybrid slab-serif” text face that mixes the legibility of 19th Century designs with 16th century panache. 19. DIN Albert-Jan Pool, 1995. Chosen 3 times. This clean geometric sans is based on the German standard typeface, DIN 1451, used for official documents and street signs etc. DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute of Standardisation). The font was added to the MoMA Design Collection in 2011. 20. Hoefler Text Jonathan Hoefler, 1991. Chosen 3 times. Designed for Apple to demonstrate advanced type technologies it reintroduced type design traditions once central to fine printing like ligature sets, engraved capitals, ornaments and arabesques. 21. Quadraat Fred Smeijers, 1992. Chosen 3 times. An original typeface Combining Renaissance elegance with contemporary ideas on construction and form. Named after Smeijers’ design studio in Arnhem, of the same name. “In my opinion one of the most significant type designs of the nineties” Yves Peters 22. Sabon Jan Tschichold, 1964. Chosen 3 times. An oldstyle serif typeface based on Garamond. A distinguishing feature of Sabon is the same width occupied by characters in the Roman and Italic styles, and the Regular and Bold weights. 23. Sentinel Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones, 2009. Chosen 3 times. “For everyone who’s ever wished Clarendons had italics”. Three of our interviewees had. A slab serif with copious weights suitable for both text and display. Based on the original Clarendon designs by the Fann Street Foundry in Clerkenwell, London 24. Verdana Matthew Carter, 1996. Chosen 3 times. It was created specifically to address the challenges of on-screen display. Verdana’s large x-height, wide proportions, generous letter-spacing and large counters are key to its legibility at small sizes. 25. Fedra Serif Peter Bilak, 2003. Chosen 3 times. A highly original text typeface. Shaped by a unique blend of technological considerations while maintaining hand-written forms. “A beautifully crafted typeface. A very nice, contemporary example of technical quality and carful design.” José Scaglione and Veronika Burian 26. Feijoa Kris Sowersby, 2007. Chosen 3 times. Aiming to create a feeling of softness, Feijoa has an almost complete absence of straight lines. Feijoa successfully avoids the sense of coldness that Kris had felt with some previous digital typefaces. “Those gently curved straights and rounded corners lend the design a beautiful organic, almost calligraphic quality. Yet there is nothing frivolous to the typeface, it all is functional and looks very self-assured.” Yves Peters 27. Officina Erik Spiekermann,1990. Chosen 3 times. A paired family of serif and sans serif faces, originally designed as a typeface for business correspondence but found a much wider, trendier audience. 1. Interviewees: Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Ian Coyle, Jason Santa Maria, Jos Buivenga, Jon Tan, Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals, Martin Majoor, Ale Paul, Stephen Coles, Tim Brown, Nick Sherman, Rich Rutter, Veronika Burian, and José Scaglione, Ellen Lupton, Frank Chimero, Steve Matteson, Mark Caneso, Vincent Connare, Yves Peters, Jason Smith, and Phil Garnham, John Boardley, Craig Mod, Kris Sowersby, Doug Wilson, Nadine Chahine, David Březina, and Silas Dilworth and Neil Summerour, Jonathan Hoefler,Tobias Frere-Jones, Mark Simonson, Trent Walton, Keetra Dean Dixon, Peter Bilak, Gerry Leonidas, and Mark MacKay, Simon Walker, Dan Rhatigan, Seb Lester, Nina Stössinger, Grant Hutchinson, Mike Kus, and Eric Olson and Nicole Dotin, Michael Bierut, Tomáš Brousil, Georg Salden, Hannes von Döhren, Phil Baines, Ken Barber, Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko, Elliot Jay Stocks, Jeremy Leslie, Jan Middendorp, Robert Slimbach, Steven Heller, Fiona Ross, Erica Jung and Ricardo Marcin.↩ Cover graphic, words & data analysis: Jamie Clarke Image graphics (1-2, 4-21): Stefan Weyer, 8 Faces Magazine. Adjustment, 27th November 2014. Three versions of Baskerville were chosen: Baskerville (twice), Baskerville 1757 and Berthold Baskerville. These have been combined and Baskerville added at number 10.

<b>The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.</b><p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design …

10 Clever Ways You Can Use a Tiny LED Light in Your Films

There are so many reasons why you should own at least one small LED light.<p>Those big, expensive, professional lighting setups do look awesome and …

Apple won’t put its future TV shows in Apple Music

And they won’t be in Apple Music<p>If you were expecting <i>Game of Thrones</i><i>-</i>type shows to come from Apple’s original video content push, you’re going to be disappointed. According to a new report from <i>Bloomberg</i>, Apple will not allow its upcoming shows to feature nudity, strong language, or violence. …

Goodbye Uncanny Valley

The Real Origins of the Religious Right

They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation.<p>One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme …

The Largely Unknown Health Epidemic Affecting Almost ALL Americans

Products that may interest you:<p>Complete Superfood Nutrition<p><b>Benefits for the common condition of leaky gut* - formulated with ingredients shown to</b> …

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

High School

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

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The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!

<i>The most creamy and delicious homemade alfredo sauce that you will ever make! This is a tried and true recipe and you will agree that it is the best</i> …

Good design | About Vitsœ | Vitsœ

Good design at Vitsœ<p>Here at Vitsœ we stand for the inordinate power of good design in everything we do: designing thoughtfully, responsibly and …

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with …

The 5 Kanye West Rants that Make Us Miss His Blog

From issuing apologies to stating "NO MORE APOLOGIES!" these are the posts we remember his blog for the most.<p>Kanye West became a Twitter legend almost immediately when he launched his sadly-now-deleted account in the middle of 2010, but more seasoned fans remember a time well before @kanyewest ever …

Welcome to Chef Jordan Kahn’s Anti-Locavore Fine-Dining Spaceship

While his peers lean into all local everything, chef Jordan Kahn is far more interested in food that comes from far, far away. At Vespertine, his latest project, he hopes that a three-hour dinner will make you forget what planet you’re on.<p>On a quiet stretch of street in Culver City, Los Angeles, …

Someone cut the whole 'Breaking Bad' series into a two-hour feature film

While there's plenty of films that run for ages (looking at you, <i>Lord of The Rings</i> trilogy) it's not easy to fit a television series into a …

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What’s it like to study Kanye West at university?

The figure of Kanye West has proved controversial and complex over his decades-spanning career. Maintaining a vast discography with killer beats and protesting lyrical discourse held in equal measure, his place in the sphere of celebrity and political chess moves – some better received than others …

I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah

To take back the country for Christ, we needed to outbreed, outvote and outactivate the other side, thus saith The Lord.

Parents found using bleach to 'treat' children with autism

Parents in southern California have allegedly been using industrial bleach to try and cure their children of autism.<p>The poisonous treatment, sold …

Autism

Donald Trump Won, and These Superheroes Are Not Happy

If you’re wondering how the superhuman community has responded to Donald Trump’s surprise win in the Presidential election, this video can …

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'

Dan Baum, writing in support of drug legalization at <i>Harper’s</i>, has unleashed a frank 1994 quote from former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman, and …

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Evidence That The Left Is Smarter: Democrats Have Bigger Vocabularies, Better Grammar Than GOP

<i>USA Today</i> reports that according to a new study by the grammar-checking app Grammarly, Facebook supporters of Democratic presidential candidates …

Michigan Cop Buys Car Seat For Father With 3-Year-Old Daughter After Pulling Him Over

"A ticket doesn't help all the time," the officer said.<p>When LaVonte Dell saw the red and blue sparkle of police lights in his rearview mirror and …

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