Finding My Font

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A history of the development of language, especially of print and the impact of the computer

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Finding My Font

  1. 1. Finding My FontA Grand Tale of Lucid Communication!
  2. 2. •We become speakers,•using mouth and ears•time & place unified
  3. 3. With speaking, we
  4. 4. We represent meaning visuallyusing our hands and tools!
  5. 5. Speaking>skill & art, > text to preserve
  6. 6. Chirography• Language no longer just transitory;• selections of language can outlive creators!• Voice separated from words• Tools for recording!• Eyes and symbols carry the meaning
  7. 7. Centuries Pass ...Books are rare.Very few can read or write.Texts are copied by hand.Texts with information andwisdom are sometimes lost oraltered.But much knowledge ispreserved and passed on!Time and space no longerimprison person’s / culture’sideas & information
  8. 8. The Invention of Type!• Type - individual letters organized into words and sentences.• Mechanical production, not by hand.• Many more books.• Many more steps between author and reader’s text.• Multiple identical copies of texts.
  9. 9. The Printing Press Leads to • posters and more politics • authorized versions of texts • authorized translations of the Bible • the goal of universal literacy
  10. 10. Because of the Printing Press,•we developed• alphabetic indexes•modern science•modern poetry and novels•the quantification of knowledge•dictionaries•privacy and plagiarism!
  11. 11. Because of the printing press• The expense & bureaucracy of publishing limits who can get published• Type itself gives off a sense of authority to readers’ eyes/understanding• Manuscript is further separated from printed text• One hand, pen, paper > machinery > text on paper for eyes
  12. 12. More stepsbetween writer’s hand and tool and readers’ eyes
  13. 13. Separation• Writers are distanced from creating a meaningful text • handwriting has no authority • printed text is hegemonic
  14. 14. Visual (still & moving) andAural Representations - 20th Century - Mass Media
  15. 15. My world starts with books, photos, radio, records, movies, television, (eye/symbol, eye, ear, ear & eye)
  16. 16. I despise my handwriting• I can’t type without multiple errors • My composing and publishing are alienated! • I don’t try to publish
  17. 17. Technology Liberates!Word-processing and the Bank Street Writer +My first writing group =Neatly printed text I created directly (with 2 hands and my writing machinery)
  18. 18. I shape my text directly andmy appetite is whetted for a beautiful appearance to equal my meaningful composition of words
  19. 19. A student points to abook on typography
  20. 20. This new tool gives me control over my text’s appearance!With control comes responsibility!I study layout, page design and Fonts
  21. 21. • I use my new tool to write and publish• I use my new tool to apply to OISE• I use my new tool to study how to learn to use this new tool• I use my new tool to write a thesis about learning to use this new tool!
  22. 22. • I found my font - Lucida Grande• I created my beautiful and meaningful thesis using my 2 hands & my laptop• I put it online - accessible beyond time and place• So what’s next in my (our) grand communication adventure? - A hint ...
  23. 23. Bibliography & Image Credits Available on Request joan.vinallcox@gmail.com For More About Joan’s Work, http://joanvinallcox.wordpress.com/my-e-portfolio/ and http://jnthweb.pbwiki.com/This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/license/results-one?q_1=2&q_1=1&field_commercial=n&field_derivatives=sa&field_jurisdiction=ca&field_format=&field_worktitle=Finding+My+Font &field_attribute_to_name=Joan+Vinall-Cox%2C+Ph.D.&field_attribute_to_url=&field_sourceurl=&field_morepermissionsurl=&lang=en_US&language=en_US&n_question s=3

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