German twitter, in a nutshell:
Person A: You know, studies show that a speed limit of 130 km/h on the Autobahn would cause fewer people per year to die from accidents, and it would also be better for the environment! We should institute a speed limit, like every other European country.
Person B: No! Banning things is never the answer. If you really feel that driving slower would help, then you can choose to do that yourself.
Our daughter has been keeping Bonnie up too much recently. But now she’s started binge-watching German TV shows. First she watched both of those Ku’Damm seasons, and now she’s halfway through Weißensee. She likes them, so maybe you should check them out? I assume that @kupfers approves.
“The book later recounts Gropius’s marriage to Ilse (later changed to Ise) Frank which, despite her affair with the Bauhaus typographer Herbert Bayer, was ultimately successful and enduring. Gropius’s ways of dealing with this crisis included going on a ‘naked picnic’ with Bayer, without Ise, and swimming with his rival in a rural lake.” This is going to be such a great book to read! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/03/walter-gropius-visionary-founder-of-bauhaus-fiona-maccarthy-review
Hey, did you ever flip through Gebr. Klingspor’s type specimen brochures and wonder, “wow, how did their printing office do such a great job at this? Everything is clear and sharp and awesome.” Well, they made stereotyped plates, and printed from those. Now some lucky person can buy the plates used to print FOUR of the pages from the brochure made to advertise Rudolf Koch’s first typeface, the Deutsche Schrift, in 1910 – https://www.ebay.de/itm/Alte-Druckplatten-Buchdruck-4-Stuck-gebraucht-aber-sehr-gut-erhalten/142874903870?hash=item214402053e:g:RYMAAOSwIntbUMno&autorefresh=true
In these times of darkness, Cher has released an album of ABBA covers. Just glorious! https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/sep/28/cher-dancing-queen-review-ingenious-abba-dabbling
If you wanted to create a fake historical character involved in 19th century German typefounding, you would HAVE to name him Hermann Bauer. Why? Because of all the dudes involved, the most common first name was Hermann, and the most common last name was Bauer. Hell, there probably were six different Hermann Bauers working in German typefoundries already!
A very big portion of my life and energy has revolved around going to ATypI conferences, for the last 14 years or so, and now I am starting to get super stoked about next week. Very much looking forward to getting to see so many people that I only ever see every year or two or three. With TYPO Berlin having been killed off, these opportunities and moments feel more important to me than ever.
Type designer and budding typefounding historian (maybe). I kind of suck, being too academic for other designers, and too designer for other academics 🤷♂️
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