Friday, January 28, 2011

A loosely-connected collection of thoughts

I really, really like words.  I love the way that certain writers can combine seemingly innocuous verbs, nouns and adjectives to strike me with it's poignancy. Back at school this week, and seeing shining faces before me in the classroom, I'm reminded just how important words are and just what I'm doing being a proper school ma'am in the first place.  To each of my classes this term I've introduced myself as a word-nerd, and proud of it.  It is my goal to create a few word-nerds over the course of the academic year...

I like the shape and sound of certain words, and love the effect that a typeset can have on the meaning of a text.  Last year I completed some modules from the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, and was fascinated by my introduction to fonts.  I loved the theory behind seriff and sans-seriff fonts, and the rationalisation behind certain font choices...

When I was little I had an amazing font, borders and presentation book.  This book - before the world of computer formatting (yes, I am that old!) - allowed me to play with curves and cursive, bold lines and block texts. My favourite part of school assignments were the headings - goodness my headings were works of art! The report on koalas was decorated with Australiana-inspired lettering, and each character of the title 'Our Population' was communicated by little stick-figure people bending themselves into extraordinary positions...

My love of words and my love of fonts have found a natural home together in quotable quotes.  I'm collecting a range of lovely sayings, and thinking about how to present them.  My favourite at the moment is the simple sentiment expressed below.  The sharing of a cuppa is such an universal notion, and one that I've been thinking about lately in the recovery stage of the SEQ floods. I have seen all sorts of people, from volunteers to their benefactees, sharing a comforting cup of tea. So important is this ritual that tea making supplies were one of the most requested items for evacuation centres, even here in the peak of our boiling Summer. So, if anyone is about in Brisbane and is in need of a cuppa, please drop me a line.  I'm more than happy to take tea with you!

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