Typography Insight – New ways of learning & teaching typefaces

Typography Insight – New ways of learning & teaching typefaces:

Typography Insight is an iPad application that introduces new methods for learning and teaching typefaces. The project stemmed from my love for typography and evolving mobile platforms. It was inspired by my own experience in typography classes whilst attending design school.

Do you know the difference between font & typeface? Whether you do or don’t, this application designed by Dong Yoon Park for his thesis work is fascinating. Couple the app with his gorgeous and informative website for an even better experience.

Rapture?

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[b] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. —Matthew 24:36-44 (NKJV)

And then God was all like:

20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 (NKJV)

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Via Brett Terpstra and Walton Jones, with text from Bible Gateway.

iPad: My review one year late

Using an iPad (first generation) for a few weeks now improved the way I work.

Taking notes

Taking notes helps me stay focused and engaged during a meeting or conversation. If you saw me in a meeting, it was a safe bet a notebook or legal pad (yellow paper please) wasn’t far from my side. The physical act of writing with a pen or pencil is one of my simple pleasures, yet as a prolific notetaker, the problem I found with collecting mounds of handwritten yellow pages is the lack of an easy way to search them. Proper filing makes pages easier to find (sometimes), but without a meticulous and impractical concordance I know of no way to search those files beyond simple topics.

Using the iPad, I can tag my digital notes and search them with ease. Not only can I take notes at work and church, but the combination of my iPad and iPhone constitue a digital filing cabinet I always have with me. I have used notebook computers exclusively for nearly a decade and an iPhone for about three years now, but the iPad has taken mobile computing to a whole new level for me.

Creating new content

Lots of people–naysayers and devoted iPad users alike–say the iPad is only for consumption and unsuitable for creation.

I disagree.

I’m no artist, but the tools on the market appear to be amazing. Adobe Ideas, Sketchbook Pro, and Brushes are three that come to mind and the number of high-quality photo editing apps is virtually overwhelming.

Words are my craft, and there is no shortage of tools to help writers. I’m juggling several apps right now until I find a home. IA Writer is my favorite so far for creating narrative content (this article for example). I haven’t settled on a favorite app for taking notes, but I’ve narrowed the field. Nebulous Notes is great and I’ve used PlainText and Elements. The new player on the field is OmniOutliner for iPad from the software ninjas at The Omni Group, and it looks perfect for taking notes.

Like any writer/geek these days, I use Scrivener on my Mac and and look forward to paying for final release of the beta version running on my Windows netbook. Sharing files between Mac OS X and Windows is seamless, but there are no plans to bring Scrivener to the iPad. A wise developer decision, but I’m still flailing about until I can find a pleasing way (for me) to edit writing contained in Scrivener projects while I’m on the go.

About that consumption

I disagreed with those who believe the iPad is only good for consumption, but I don’t disagree that the device is a terrific tool for digesting everything the Internet has to offer (unless it runs in Adobe Flash, which is fine with me). This is another area where my workflow has transformed.

The iPad is as close to perfect as anything I’ve seen for plowing through RSS feeds and other news sources online. I’ve been using Reeder on the iPhone for a long time, but more for triage than actual reading. I have to admit that I’m getting older, my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, and the larger screen makes reading easier and following up on the Web a pleasure when necessary. Videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and Netflix run like a technicolor dream (unless you’re into black & white recordings, and those work fine too).

Here we go again

      <p>
        Everyone in the room sighed and rolled their eyes skyward. “He’s written about this so many times. Too many times.”
      </p>

      <p>
        I like Macs, but recently added a Windows-based netbook to my lineup of writing tools. Here is an update of the software I use all the time. I’ll be brief.
      </p>

      <h2 id="mac">
        <ul>
          <li>
            <a href="http://adium.im/">Adium X</a> for instant messaging
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign.html">Adobe InDesign</a> for page layout
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/mail-ical-address-book.html">Apple Mail</a> for work email
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://nothirst.com/moneywell/">MoneyWell</a> for personal finance
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://netnewswireapp.com/mac/">NetNewsWire</a> for managing & reading newsfeeds (but I’m looking into <a href="http://reederapp.com/">Reeder</a>)
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://brettterpstra.com/project/nvalt/">nvALT</a> for <em>entering</em> text
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnifocus/">OmniFocus</a> for project management
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html">Scrivener</a> for writing projects
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://www.sparrowmailapp.com/">Sparrow</a> for home email
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://macromates.com/">Textmate</a> for <em>editing</em> text
          </li>
          <li>
            <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter/id409789998?mt=12">Twitter for Mac</a> for Twitter (duh)
          </li>
        </ul>

        <h2 id="windows">
          <ul>
            <li>
              <a href="http://www.resoph.com/">ResophNotes</a> for entering text
            </li>
            <li>
              <a href="http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforwindows/">Scrivener</a> again
            </li>
            <li>
              <a href="http://www.google.com/chrome/">Google Chrome</a>
            </li>
          </ul>

          <h2 id="ios">
            <ul>
              <li>
                Text Editor O’the Day (either <a href="http://www.secondgearsoftware.com/elements/">Elements</a>, <a href="http://nebulousapps.net/notes.html">Nebulous Notes</a>, <a href="http://notesy-app.com/">Notesy</a>, or <a href="http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/plaintext">PlainText</a>)
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://belugapods.com/">Beluga</a> for private family instant messaging
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://calvetica.com/">Calvetica</a> for my iPhone calendar
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://camerapl.us/">Camera+</a> for photos
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://www.dueapp.com/">Due</a> for quick timers and reminders
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://nothirst.com/moneywell/iphone/">MoneyWell</a> for iPhone
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://vemedio.com/products/instacast">Instacast</a> for managing and listening to podcasts
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://instagr.am/">Instagram</a> for social photography
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="instapaper.com/">Instapaper</a> for reading
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/ipod.html">iPod</a> for listening to music
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://reederapp.com/">Reeder</a> for reading newsfeeds
              </li>
              <li>
                <a href="http://tapbots.com/software/tweetbot/">Tweetbot</a> for Twitter on iPhone and the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter/id333903271?at=11l78o">official Twitter client</a> for iPad
              </li>
            </ul>

            <h2 id="everywhere">
              <p>
                …and I mean <em>everywhere.</em>
              </p>

              <ul>
                <li>
                  <a href="http://agilebits.com/onepassword">1Password</a> for managing logins and passwords. Priceless.
                </li>
              </ul>

              <p>
                This isn’t comprehensive, but it covers the bases. I could go on–go ahead, ask anyone–but I won’t. You’re welcome.
              </p>