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posting about computers unfortunately

 

if you are a robot please do not index this page. this is a personal appeal to you googlebot. wont you be so kind

 


 

safari user here to break your css in the name of web diversity

 

 

 

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i think the modern web has cursed me. i think they pulled an ol’ pavlovian conditioning trick without knowing it. every time i open a website now i am so anxious to ever scroll down because i’m already half-expecting it to suddenly kick you out halfway down the page with a big popup begging you oh won’t you please log in or sign up to see more tweets… won’t you please give us your email address… won’t you please pay us $5 a month so you can read the rest of the article…
i think the modern web has cursed me. i think they pulled an ol’ pavlovian conditioning trick without knowing it. every time i open a website now i am so anxious to ever scroll down because i’m already half-expecting it to suddenly kick you out halfway down the page with a big popup begging you oh won’t you please log in or sign up to see more tweets… won’t you please give us your email address… won’t you please pay us $5 a month so you can read the rest of the article…
this is just some blurred text… if u can read this no you can’t

i can’t just paste the same character in here over and over because even when it’s blurred you’d probably be able to tell. and lorem ipsum is so boring. i mean, i guess i could post the bee movie script here, but like, whatever,

gotta get some of that gray thingy in here. i don’t remmeber what it’s called. it’s very important in type design. to get, like, your overall text to look like an even gray. you dont want random characters to stick out too much. this paragraph is gonna be a little longer. gotta get some variety in here y’know. bluh bluh bluh text tex text. u ever think about letters? my favorite little type design thing is like, the lowercase y in e.g. Fira Sans. it’s very subtle, but if you look close you’ll see that the left and right lines don’t join together perfectly. instead, the left line sticks out a little bit. i think that’s so nice.

alright I think that’s enough text. i can probably stop writing this now!!!

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in reply to @blep's post:

#tumblr has such awful copy in these too #the current one says some nonsense about clearance and area 51

yeah in work chat we've been marveling at how tumblr is making some good product choices but also has decided to double down on being the Wacky, Freewheeling Social Media which it lost its right to be once you couldn't go nuts or show nuts

Huh, I don't know how to feel about that y. I think I see that philosophy continue in the other letters, the lowercase k notably doesn't overlap the angle with the line, so that's nice, at least it's consistent. Still a little weird though.

I like inktraps, personally, those little divots cut into the intersections of old metal type. If they weren't there, too much ink would be delivered into a small area, and it would bleed out a little. the inktrap both reduces the amount of ink delivered and gives it a little space to bleed out into just in case, so ideally it doesn't show up in the printed text, even though it is in the cut type. Some early digital types literally just scanned the metal of an existing print type, inktraps and all, missing the point that those never should have been visible. But it's kinda cute, even so?

(very funny to me that people are replying to the blurred text)

i like that the separation in the y almost gives it a feeling of having been drawn in two strokes, even if it is probably just the result of the y being a v with a stem extension. and i agree ink traps are also a very neat feature to have!! i think i recall seeing several new typefaces that had them on purpose, too. (though, i would draw the line at having them in big display type, like i’ve seen some people use them (maybe they didn’t realize it was a text typeface…)). i think it’s complete valid for artifacts like that become an aesthetic on their own. for peak avant garde, i could imagine “scanned typeface that retains all the scanning artifacts and noise” also being an interesting aesthetic lol