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Media Athena Ruby
by John Hudson published Dec 20, 2010 last modified Aug 26, 2015 11:39 PM — filed under: , ,
Athena Ruby: when shape has meaning. Presentation by John Hudson to ATypI Letter.2 in Buenos Aires on 4 October 2011
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Comment Re: Welcome to the Type Mark Up SIG
by John Hudson last modified Aug 25, 2017 07:50 PM
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Located in Membership / / Type markup forum / Welcome to the Type Mark Up SIG
Comment Re: Share your mark up and crits
by John Hudson last modified Aug 25, 2017 08:27 PM
I've spent most of the past 25 years only needing to provide notes for myself. This is likely to change in the near future, so I'm suddenly interested in this topic and in effective ways to communicate design suggestions to another person. The ways in which I mark-up my own designs — so I remember what I thought I should do yesterday, which is not always what I end up doing tomorrow — tend to be very simple. I indicate the part of a printed glyph that I think needs to be revised, with either an arrow or a circle, and then indicate e.g. L (lighter) or H (heavier), or if talking about proportion W (wider) or N (narrower). In marking up my own work, that pretty much covers it: I've already got the design in my head, so I'm not needing to communicate stylistic aspects of the design. One thing I expect will be very useful, in trying to communicate more fully with another person, is to have a set of pages specifically to receive mark-up and comments, in which glyphs are quite large and generously spaced. Even with my own limited markup, applying notes directly to specimen pages, especially for a text face, gets messy quickly, and it's also easy to miss one or other note among the jumble. So having all the notes arranged, by glyph, in a separate document seems a good idea, both in terms of clarity and making it easy to go through and decide on and check off revisions. In terms of effective communication, I have to say that I think few things equal written language. It's quick and easy to draw some arrows and squiggles on a page, but is it ever going to be as clear as writing 'Make the bowl thinner and squarer in the lower left'? That's the sort of comment I get from Maxim when he's reviewing my Cyrillic designs, and I never have to go back and ask him what he means: it's always very clear. _____ I'm interested to know if anyone regularly applies markup in PDFs, and in what ways annotation tools in Acrobat, Preview, or other apps are useful or not for this purpose.  
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