Flip Flop Flying

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I wanted to spend some time experimenting with basing a bunch of drawings on one shape. I chose the lovely shape of the closed counter of a lowercase Helvetica a. (I learned that term yesterday.)

Here’s the closed counters of eight fonts (all of them the regular font of each typeface): Helvetica, Verdana, FF DIN, OCR-A, Clarendon, Gill Sans, FF Info Display, and Cooper Black.

So, yes. Some playing around. Two girls, a kinda self portrait, los Beatles, butterfly, tulip, just a bit of overlaying of the shape, two birds, and one bird.

And while I was mucking around with Helvetica, an offshoot idea of the Beatles thingy above came to mind, so here’s three record sleeves with the type replaced with Helvetica.

Other business
While we’re on the topic, you might’ve noticed that the masthead on the blog has changed. It felt symbolic to me that I did something there. I allowed the blog to become a nothing thing, and now it’s not a nothing thing again, the top bit feels like a drawing done by a different Craig.

All three of the URLs up top now point here. Flipflopflyin.com/g and flipflopflying.com have always pointed here, but for a long time craigrobinson.com pointed to a portfolio of sorts that I failed to regularly update.

I’m currently (slowly) working on a redesign of Flip Flop Flyin’, and when that is done craigrobinson.com will point there, but for now, I was sick of it feeling wasted going to something really out of date, especially because there are other people out there with the same name as me who probably would’ve been annoyed seeing a dreadfully out-of-date site with their name on it.

Another thing that will happen, which ties into today’s post, is that here and in the FFF redesign, there’ll be a different default typeface that I’ll be using. Since about 2004, Gill Sans has been the main typeface I’ve used. It’s the default. It’s been used in all four of my books.

But Gill Sans, while incredibly lovely, is an English typeface. I don’t want an English typeface anymore. I want a European typeface. I want a typeface that reflects a change that has occured within my brain: European not English. It’s a prosaic, predictable, over-used choice, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful: Helvetica.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Safe and Sound by Capital Cities. No idea how that got in there. Don’t recall hearing it at all recently, and I had to google it to find out the song title and band name. This is literally the first time I’ve spent any time thinking about this song’s existence.

On this day
My story, 25 January 2013. I imagine if I re-did this research, four years on from the original post, there’d be a lot more My Storys to add.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Penal colony

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Written by Craig

January 25th, 2017 at 12:55 am

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  1. Plus, y’know, Eric Gill was a MONSTER.

    “His personal diaries describe his sexual activity in great detail, including extramarital affairs, incest with his two eldest teenage daughters, incestuous relationships with his sisters, and sexual acts on his dog.”

    Euro-fonts ahoy!

    Stephen Jackson

    26 Jan 17 at 02:30

  2. Yes, indeed. Not a good human.


    26 Jan 17 at 03:34

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