Archive for September, 2011

There ought to be a law against it.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The new law courts in Mildura boasts some very glitzy relief lettering above the entrance.

This is the worst piece of kerning I have ever seen. (Kerning is the art of adjusting the space between individual letters, in a word, to create a pleasing appearance)

How come the Greeks and the Romans could carve letters from solid marble and get it right but the Mildura Public Works department, with the aid of CAD get it so wrong?

It’s in fact these very computers that we should blame for this abomination.

Hand lettering, monotype, linotype and Letraset all allowed the letters to be visually kerned by the typographer.

This all changed, with computers becoming a design tool and many fonts coming without any form of kerning. This is similar to the old typewriter where the space occupied by each letter was always the same.

The result is what we see here.

It’s a crime.

The Nullarbor and back.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I have just posted a few of the snaps I took on our Nullarbor trip.

Once again the basic rule of photography was reinforced.

When the light looks good, wait a little longer as will only get better.

Nothing changes.

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Back in the day, when we were travelling in Europe, you would get your supplies of paper towels and toilet paper from the loos along the way.

I found this sign in the public convenience at Minnipa, South Australia.

It seems that nothing has changed, except the locals have now realised where all the paper products have been going.