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Kerning, And Other Aspects Of Typography, Explained

<i>Charlotte Demonque is the community manager</i> at <i>Fontyou, a Paris-based online co-creation platform dedicated to typography. This post originally appeared on the Fontyou blog, and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>Typography, like school friends, has its own language. Talking about kerning with your …

Typography

A Second Chance review – queasy thriller that does just enough

Faintly risible high-concept squeaker in which a cop with a perfect life crashes into the world of an abusive drug addict<p>Susanne Bier has come up with another of her toweringly high-concept and faintly risible drama-thrillers: this is the Danish-language movie she made before Serena, her underrated …

Gaze upon the realm of Dark Souls, in one single image

Earlier today we showed you one artist's rendering of Skyrim as a subway map. Now, here is Lordran, the realm of <i>Dark Souls</i>, fit for a tapestry.<p>This is the work of Judson Cowan, an artist some may remember from concept art he developed for a game he — deliberately — will never make. This is his …

David Stratton: 'What's the point of making movies nobody goes to see?'

The movie critic and patron of the French film festival on seeing new-wave cinema for the first time and what France can teach Australia about film<p>Film trivia time. What do Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen and the film critic David Stratton have in common? The answer: all three have been made Commander …

George R.R. Martin Has a Detailed Plan For Keeping the Game of Thrones TV Show From Catching Up To Him

George R.R. Martin is perfectly aware that the <i>Game of Thrones</i> TV series may be moving faster than he can write the new books. Two volumes away from completing his seven-book series, Martin has met with the show’s creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, to talk about the speed with which they’re …

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7 Steps to a Seamless Shoot

Successful video projects rarely just happen; in fact, they involve a great deal of planning. And planning is everything! It is the heart and soul of …

Filmmaking

Guardian Film Awards: longlist focus - best picture

Last week we launched the inaugural Guardian Film Awards. Starting this week, we take a closer look at the longlist in each category. Today: the best picture nominees<p>• Vote now<p>The Guardian Film Awards were launched last week. Their aim: to act as an antidote to the usual slate of ceremonies. Their …

Almost every NES 'Press Start' screen compiled into one great video

Video game developers didn't have a lot to work with on the Nintendo Entertainment System; the 8-bit console didn't have much power to throw around compared to today's 3D extravaganzas, and something as basic as animating a character would eat up resources quickly. That's why the static title …

Murdering Tiny Ninjas Has Never Been So Fun

The Top 30 PlayStation 3 Games of 2014

PS4 is here, but the PS3 won't go down without a fight!<p>We've already gone through our Top 30 Games of 2014 for PS4 and Vita, but we figured we'd …

Teachers warn of 'culture wars' as Christopher Pyne announces back-to-basics curriculum review

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has indicated he wants the national school curriculum to have a greater focus on the benefits of Western …

Education

Trading Card Games for the Rest of Us - Cards, Decks, and Basics of Play

Reading Time: 7 minutes<p>In the series introduction, I discussed why to play Trading Card Games (TCGs), why collect cards, and what TCGs can teach …

Board Games

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Books

Doctor Who: 50 things you didn't know

1. The Doctor lives longer in France<p>French audiences watching Doctor Who dubbed into their native tongue obviously can’t be expected to know the difference between Christopher Eccleston’s Lancashire vowels and David Tennant’s adopted southern accent – but isn’t there some metaphysical conundrum …

TV Series

History of DOCTOR WHO Illustrated Tapestry

Rock it Out! Blog: “Lip Syncing: Is It Ever Acceptable?”

Eminem came under fire a few weeks ago after it appeared that he was lip synching his performance on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>. While he’s been known to use …

Watch this: the influence of cinema and technology on 22 years of video game titles

<i>Art of the Title</i>'s latest video takes a walk through 22 years of video game title screens, showing sea changes in game design in the process. Some of these changes came about as a result of loftier storytelling ambitions: <i>Full Throttle</i> uses lingering character shots to indicate its narrative …