I am trying out the dynamic viewer that blogspot has recently added to their template collection: shapeshifterisland.blogspot.com/
Admittedly, there are a few problems with it – like no link list for example. The post titles are too big and you cannot make them smaller, so I did not give any of the posts titles. The bottom line is, unlike all other blogspot templates, this one does not allow you to edit the HTML. And the advanced customization editor is also very limited in what it can do. Just change colors and fonts basically. As I said, even changing font sizes won’t work… Ouch!
And not all the viewing versions look good – the one called “snapshot” looks awful in fact. And you cannot disable them, the visitor gets the choice, which is always listed at the top. (Although I did sort of get around that one by making the type color the same as the background color – teeee heeee).
But still, for something like this that contains photos only, with no big explanations or anything to go with them, it is quite a neat little display system.
Haven’t been making any posts on this site for quite some time. Initially the reason was that I was writing my PhD, and once that was out of the way I did not feel like writing anything – period!
Tomorrow is the first day of a four day international conference on typography called istype which my colleague Onur has organized and is also chairing. Given his recognition in the field he has had no difficulty in bringing together a group of speakers which is dauntingly glamorous – to say the least. So, some of the very best known names, both design theoreticians and typographic practitioners will be here in Istanbul sharing their trade secrets, and strutting their stuff.
Although I tried to dissuade him as much as I could (I am not a typographer – only a graphic designer; and so I am not really at all sure that I fit into the field of the event, and even more importantly I really do not have the level of expertise that will be in the auditorium representing that field) Onur insisted that I should give a talk on 3D text. So, I prepared 3 videos and I will be on the stand directly after Ellen Lupton, who is one the best regarded graphic design theoretician/curator around today (and whom I greatly admire!), at 11.00 am tomorrow.
brrrr…. I really am terrified: These folks can measure a pixel at 10 meters – not even a problem! They have eyes like hawks and taste to burn, and furthermore they really really know their stuff, and not only from a technical point of view but in every conceivable way – aesthetics, history, design principles, systems, related theory… So, you cannot fob them off with any old thing that quite a few other audiences would be perfectly happy to buy. What you show here does have to be top notch – and not by my usual standards but by theirs – which are bound to be incredibly high when it comes to visual systems; and not only for typographic design but for all visual systems. Which, at the end of the day, is what this stuff is all about.
One thing is an absolute certainty, however: I will be learning a lot during these 4 days! And that I am already very happy about. Once the talk is out of the way…
One of the videos which I made especially for this event is a condensed version of LPDT2 (which incidentally is nowadays on its way to becoming LPDT3), which you can view at the top of this post.