I am very excited about the debut of Fontstand – a revolutionary new way for designers to access the best in new type design. Prior to Fontstand, most quality typefaces required the purchase of an industry standard, full price license to use any font – legally. Fontstand has changed that – brilliantly.
Norm MacDonald was the last stand up comic to perform on Late Show with David Letterman – not counting Dave, of course. Near the end of his set, MacDonald became emotional as he attempted to share the depth of his affection for Letterman. Norm knew Dave well enough to say, “Mr Letterman is not for the mawkish, he has no truck for the sentimental.” Letterman has a keen sincerity meter, and a finely tuned bullshit detector. Like Letterman, I find crass emotional displays and cloying sentimentality to be repellant. That’s why I have a problem with Red Nose Day.
Letterspacing matters. #type #gored
Modern business is obsessed with data. Our connected world and connected commerce allow for an overflow of information about consumers. Their preferences. Their route to decision-making. The results of advertising or marketing strategies and implementation.
The ability to track, quantify, and report information has upended business and how business products are marketed and sold. But the narrow focus on data and metrics is – at least partially – blind to the ingredients whose existence allow information to be recorded. Measurement is being prized over innovation and creativity.
The Force is strong in this video.
Last month Sean McCarthy of The Comic’s Comic interviewed me about my illustration series Comics of Comedy. Sean had seen the celebrity retweets of some of my drawings. Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, and Kathy Griffin all retweeted the drawings I had shared on Twitter and Instagram.
Sean sent me a couple questions, and then a couple more. It turned into this interview that was posted on March 18.
SM: A quick look around XK9 reveals your bread-and-butter is logos and brand design enhancements —
BD: …and motion graphic design. Check out the XK9 work on Vimeo.
I have a new favorite film. Ex Machina.
I have a new favorite writer/director. Alex Garland.
Garland has crafted on of the best stories in cinema. Ex Machina really is that good. It explores our fascination and fears of technology. It illustrates the modern ability to have a relationship with devices. Man creates these thinking machines, but he may be incapable of understanding them. And that concept, sincerely considered, makes for suspenseful terror.