The history of why Q is almost always followed by U is fascinating, and dates back to when the Normans invaded England in 1066. Before that, English didn’t even have a Q; it used “cw” to replicate the sound. After the invasion, though, the spelling of English was changed to match the French ways: “cw” was replaced…
Here’s how channel signs—basically those big signs that hang above stores and restaurants across the world—are made. The Science Channel gives us a sneak of the way things are done and it’s surprising that so much of it still requires the help of a human. It’s not all robots! And it’s actually a lot more work to shape…
Do you like the letter C? Have any particular attachment to the letter X? How about the letter Q? Well, back in the year 1900, some people thought we'd be rid of them by now. And while they haven't actually disappeared, the futurists of 1900 were certainly right about that whole condensing of language thing. I mean,…
Though you might not often need to do it, reading text in binary in surprisingly straightforward. Here's your new nerdy party trick.
The man who gave us everything from the NYC subway's signage and map to the American Airlines logo, Massimo Vignelli, is currently spending his last days at home—and his son has an unusual request: Would you send him a note?
In a world of texts and emails, handwritten notes are getting rarer and rare because they require that heinous thing called "effort." Or at least they used to. A new iOS app called Inkly takes almost all the work out of it, except for the actual writing part.
I love these letters sent to the American Museum of Natural History by wannabe space explorers from the 1950s. They are so wonderfully naive and full of hope, some of them really funny, others quite sad in hindsight.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Oregon State University student, had planned to set off a car bomb at a 2010 Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon before he was caught (in a setup). His friends had no idea. Now, with hindsight, they're writing letters to him.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Or least, if you're in the parcel delivery business. But who exactly is doing the brunt of the shipping this holiday season? Here's how it breaks down.
The Aakkoset bookshelf from Kayiwa might not be the most efficient way to store your things, but the alphabet shelf sure would get a typographer excited. Look at how useful a well constructed 'W' can be!
Analog means more than digital. It's real, for one thing. Something real is maimed in the process of recording. And it's slow. Pulp doesn't teleport, like bits. If you write somebody a letter, you mean it.
Dear Fred Amoroso (and assorted other CEOs, etc.),No, no no. That wasn't the point! He wasn't offering anything. The letter was a PR move. That was all. If you think this is excellent PR for yourself, you're wrong. It just makes you look like a jackass for not knowing how to read. Besides, if you were going to…