New LinkedIn page

I’ve created a page for Grit & Oyster on LinkedIn. If you are a user of that service please follow the page to get company updates.

A Glossary of Typographic Terms

This is a really good glossary of the terms used in typography. It includes a very clear definition of the difference between a font and a typeface. It has also taught me the meaning of the word “gadzook”.

Codes that Changed the World

Just been catching up with this series from April, ‘Codes that Changed the World‘, from BBC Radio 4 about the history of programming languages. Really enjoyable and accessible so I’m linking to it here. The series is presented by Aleks Krotoski and looks at four key programming languages – Fortran, Cobol, Basic and Java. I really liked the idea that Basic was the punk rock of programming. Also notable how many women were prominent in the story of these languages. The music for the series was very good too – but sadly I can’t find any further information about who made it.

K-Type: Very British fonts

The K-Type font foundry produce a range of typefaces that include New Transport, a font based on that used for road signs and now used on the website; Keep Calm, a font based on the lettering used in the famous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters; Blue Plaque, a font that simulates the lettering on English Heritage plaques; and a font called Dalek. You can’t really get more British than all that.