June 22, 2007

See you in Seattle?

Posted in community, typography at 12:58 pm by India

Elephant Super Car Wash

Anybody going to TypeCon?

Despite saying last year that “I probably won’t go again,” and despite adding a mental “and especially to the one in Seattle,”* I just registered for, oops, the conference in Seattle. Because I realized that the way things are shaking out, otherwise I’ll end up not taking any summer vacation, and that’s just sad.

So I’ll drag myself out there for a week, see some friends, and maybe visit Vancouver. But also, because I’m already committed to flying across the country, staying in a hotel, and taking days off from work, this year I will be attending two full days of workshops (including “Bezier Curves for Cowards”!!), which I think will make the whole expedition much more fun and worthwhile.

And you?

Photo: elephant car wash by Jason Brackins; some rights reserved.

* Lived there for a year. Didn’t like it.


  1. Do you have Leslie Cabarga’s “Logo, Font & Lettering Bible”? He has a section in there called “Bezier Curves for Cowards.” The entire book is really chock full of great stuff.

  2. India Amos said,

    Thanks, John. I’ve put it in my shopping cart.

    Of course, I already have perhaps a dozen books that explain how to work with Bezier curves, but I’ve still managed never to progress beyond the “click, curse, undo, change tools, click, curse, undo, change tools” level of proficiency. My hope is that having to labor over it for an entire afternoon will finally cement the correct order of operations in my mind.

    (By the way, I am very disappointed that you do not, in fact, have a website at blackitalic.com. Tease!)

  3. I.A.:

    What are the other books you’ve got on Bezier curves?

    Yeah, I need to actually register that domain. Maybe I shouldn’t have let the cat out of the bag, huh? Somehow I thought that folks around here might appreciate it. (It’s also a bit of a double entendre, as one of my favorite songs is “Black Metallic” by my favorite group, Catherine Wheel.)

  4. India Amos said,

    Oh, you know, stuff like Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book. I keep buying Illustrator how-to books in the hope that when I amass enough of them, the information they contain will start to leach into me, right through the covers, even though I never open them. They do me absolutely no good at home; I should bring them all to the office, where I might occasionally use them.

    Yes, you should register blackitalic.com. You should also design a typeface that comes in “black metallic,” “heavy metallic,” and “speed metallic” weights. Surely many people have already done this, no?

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