I did one heckuva spit-take when the first episode of Peacemaker aired earlier this week. James Gunn is a genius, and as much as I never ever thought I would say this, I kinda like this John Cena guy. At least in this show.
- “…the future is useless but expensive, and world-altering technology is now in the hands of a culture so aesthetically and spiritually impoverished that it should maybe go back to telling stories around the cooking fire for a while, just to remember how to mean something.” The future does indeed seem expensive and incredibly useless.
- I didn’t know that winning a Polaris music prize included a custom-designed poster for each selected artist. And I can attest to the great work from Kid Icarus since they printed the screen printed edition of my Typographic Anatomy print.
- I Took a Job at Amazon, Only to Leave After 10 Months. There’s a lot of things Ben discusses that sound eerily familiar to me.
- Paul Herrera’s expert and gorgeous gilt recutting of Trajan's Column is just another reason to plan a visit to the new Letterform Archive. As the proud owner of a similar carved and gilt piece from Paul myself, this is not to be missed.
- How to make Google’s “Sign in with Google” prompts go away. Thanks, Tiff!
- There’s really something to this idea of extremely slow email. The biggest barrier is getting friends to buy into using a standalone service like Pony Messenger.
- Minimator.app looks like it’ll be fun to play with.
- Molly White cogently covers why blockchain systems are not what they say they are.
- Related to the above, Web3 is Going Just Great.
Notable Type Releases
- I’m digging Recipient from Process Type A LOT. I may not need another monospace family in my library but I’m sure I can find room for this beauty.
- No. 3 Series Narrow from Road to Venice Type is another narrow serif I’ll be watching. A lot of charm in the little flag arm on the lowercase r.
- Neil Summerour’s Air got a massive Pro upgrade this week with the release of Air Pro. An elegant, high-utility neo-grotesque packed full of little details and useful features.
- It may not be hip, but the ubiquitous, elegant workhorse Minion from Robert Slimbach has been supercharged in version 3 with new features and language support for Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, and IPA. I’ll always have a soft spot for Minion.