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new digital type library and exhibit


It is of great interest and curiosity to me that a museum of the caliber of MoMA in New York city has begun collecting typefaces, and digital ones at that.


It has recently acquired 23 digital typefaces for its Architecture and Design Collection.  The newly acquired typefaces will all be on display in the exhibit Standard Deviations, opening March 2. 


Previously there were no typefaces in MoMA's collection aside from one 36 point lead font of Helvetica.  


Some of the new additions are commonly used on our computers like Verdana; others will be familiar typefaces to designers such as Gotham, which was used in President Obama's election campaign, or OCR-A, which one can find at the bottom of most product's bar code.


OCR typeface 

While I find this validating in some tangential way, I wouldn't expect your digital fonts to increase in value any time soon.



There's  more of my lettering work to be seen!

Issue 25            
February 2011 
Arthur and the Minimoys    
Fabulous fantasies ...sci-fi that is.

Handlettering on these fun and fanciful titles (and author) by Jill Bell.

The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard when it comes to activating the brain
Write it.       

The switch from handwriting to keyboarding may come with an unforeseen price: the loss of critical brain activity central to learning that is uniquely tied to the old-fashioned act of handwriting new research 

has found.

A number of experiments recently reviewed by a pair of researchers in France and Norway concluded that writing by hand is actually a very different sensory experience than typing on a keyboard, with each activating distinctly different parts of the brain. "Our bodies are designed to interact with the world which surrounds us," co-author and Associate Professor Anne Mangen from the University of Stavangers Reading Centre in Stavanger, Norway, said in a university news release. "We are living creatures, geared toward using physical objects -- be it a book, a keyboard or a pen -- to perform certain tasks."
Tests reveal that the act of handwriting -- literally the feeling of touching a pen to paper -- appears to imprint a "motor memory" in the
somatosensory and motor cortex of the brain. In turn, this process promotes the visual recognition of letters and words, suggesting that the two seemingly separate acts of reading and writing are, in fact, linked, Mangen explained.

This is important news in a day and age where there is far less emphasis on teaching writing in schools or having kids write out notes, tests and the like.

Note from Jill
The intrepid robins were frolicking in the cold rain today, out back by the large pools of water and melting snow. Making the best of it.
I'm working to be more like them and enjoy things just as they are.
Hope you find some joy in this season too...whether it be sun or snow, bird, cat or dog, or the Oscars ;-)

Jill  robin in the snow

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