Monthly Archives: October 2011

Off for a little R&R

The Lake District, Windermere after light rain.

Off for some well-deserved R&R, back in November. Thanks for visiting.

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Thought for Friday

“Not everything is design. But design is about everything. So do yourself a favor: be ready for anything.”
Michael Bierut 

I also came across this from Michael Bierut via the excellent Design Observer. It’s an extract from an article entitle, ‘I hate ITC Garamond’ and both the full article and comments make entertaining reading. I was aware of some designer’s abhorrence for Comic Sans, but this level of distaste for another typeface came as a surprise.

No ITC Garamond graphic

ITC Garamond enjoyed its apotheosis when it was adapted as the official corporate typeface of Apple Computer in 1984; adding insult to injury, the font was condensed horizontally 80%. Associated with Apple’s brilliant packaging and advertising for the next 20 years, the resulting mutation became a part of the global landscape, seeming no less impregnable and unchanging as the Soviet empire. And then, just like global communism, it just went away, replaced overnight with a sleek customized version of Myriad. 

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Thought for Friday

Don’t settle

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs ‘Visionary’ 1955-2011

Steve Jobs (Photo Matt Yohe). This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

Steve Jobs (Photo Matt Yohe). This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

What can I say that others will be able to articulate far better than I ever could about Steve Jobs. I’ve been using computers inspired by his ideas and leadership since the 1980’s. To me Steve Jobs will be remembered as a genius and a visionary and the guy who enabled someone like me to understand and use computers for personal and business use with an ease that I’ve now taken for granted. Goodbye Steve, Rest In Peace.

Apple said his “brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve”.

apple home screen

From the Apple Computer website

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