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Check out this typo based t-shirt on Threadless.com

if enought people vote well for it, then you'll be able to buy it online.

There may also be a 'Typographers' version coming soon!

http://www.threadless.com/submission/71643/Graphic_designers_do_it_anally.

tell your friends to vote too!

thanks,

B

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We've just launched The Typography Shop: http://typographyshop.com and have had quite a hit on our hands in one week with this one: http://typographyshop.com/helvetica_t-shirt.html

Thanks to Zeldman and Josh Spear and a dozen or so design bloggers we're off to a great start. Designers are digging this and I'm flattered.

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It's not typo centric, but I love the font.
http://rumplo.com/tees/tee/2024-sorry-im-late

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I'm sorry, but you have got to be kidding!

:^/

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3 days too late :-P

Although in fairness the image was posted on March 31st.

Cheers, Si

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please could you explain. Which image was posted on March 31st?

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Ah, I woudn't buy it or wear it if it were given to me for free.

ChrisL

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oh come on, typographers are the most anal bunch of all the design disciplines.

Erik Spiekermann agreed with me when he gave a talk here in london last week.

lighten up :o)

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Dear Mr Baskerville, you have been exhumed (yet again) at a most
opportune time: this year marks the 300th anniversary of your birth!
But I must make you aware that public proclamations of sexual mores
continue to be taboo. Yes, even after Mr Gill.

hhp

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There is a difference in being anal retentive--as you may have meant in your discussion with Eric.

My comment also reflects my opinion that the shirt is ugly as well as not funny.

ChrisL

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The t-shirt's first message is that graphic designers (and typographers) are 'anally retentive'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anally_retentive

You know, using grids, detailing text etc.

Therefore 'graphic designers do it anally' (their job that is).

Anything else you read into that is based on your specific thought processes.

As for Eric Gill. Well he like it in a lot more ways than anally. Agnully maybe? (agnus)

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John, sorry I took the posting as an ill-timed April fools joke.

>Erik Spiekermann agreed with me when he gave a talk here in london last week.

If you can convince him to wear the shirt then you might be able to sell a few.

>You know, using grids, detailing text etc.

If you have to explain the joke...

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To be anal, the second line looks a bit off, you should nudge it slightly to the right... optics.

:^)

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tee hee! I love typographers

It's a rubbish squashed gif of the design.

The actual design is fixed to a tight grid and believe me everthing lines up at 6400% in illustrator!

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>You know, using grids, detailing text etc.

If you have to explain the joke…

doesn't normally need explaining. You can tell a lot about a person by their reaction to the design ;o)

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> tight grid

Tight polar coordinates would have been a better... fit.

hhp

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I swear I posted in here, oh well. Anyhow hrant's Gill comment made me laugh. And I would not wear that shirt, agreeing with Chris up above.

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dude, that is freekin hilarious. i was offended for about .5 seconds when i realized the pun!

i think everyone just needs to lighten up!

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btw
maybe my reaction has to do with the fact that i spent this weekend at the Y conference in san diego and the theme was "play". it made me realize that we frequently take ourselves way to serious…

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Oh, I got it right away, but I was still put off by it.

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that's unfortunate…

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I got it right away too. God knows I have been known to make maybe a pun or two in my life. I guess for a shirt which professes to be about designers, I would expect to see good design.

ChrisL

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Reminds me of the time I saw some guy walking around Disneyland in a tanktop that read "PERVERT" and had the number "69" on the front and back.

I don't know if "lighten up!" is a good defense for a bad tee. But I suppose good taste is subjective.

Don't the Simonson-scripty Typophile tees often get read as "Pedophile"? That's unfortunate because that tee is awesome.

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The bad design is not the problem I have with it.

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Dan, you reminded me of when Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti and somebody made and sold soccer jerseys that said MAXIMA, #69.

hhp

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Poor design, poor joke -- the "(insert profession here) do it (insert position or manner related to aforementioned profession)" lines are sooo incredibly tired. :^/

Offensive Tees I'd wear in a heart beat would be "Ligature Slut", the classic "Your font sucks" or Zara Evens' "Kern this, bitch". I think we can come up with more good ones.

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I just bought a few type t-shirts from Threadless.

Quick Brown Fox
Para-Normal US
My favorite, Canada Owes Me

Someone please make me a "Kern this, bitch" shirt. I will wear it proudly.

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"Someone please make me a “Kern this, bitch” shirt. I will wear it proudly."

I absolutely, absolutely want one!!!

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Damn straight, Zara, pure rock'n'roll: nerdy and cool all rolled into one. :^)

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typo t idea: font audit arrows that read "this curve is flat"

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Quick Type ID Pop Quiz -- what is the main type used on Threadless? :^D

The clock is ticking!

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Yves, that is what I strive to become: nerdy and cool. I've got the rock n' roll part covered. :)

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A Slab Serif

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What about "Ligature Groupie"?

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Quick Type ID Pop Quiz — what is the main type used on Threadless?

Apex Serif

Do I get my prize now? I choose door number #3. :)

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Veer does a KERN hoodie, but a "kern this, bitch!" would be kind of fun as well. Time to do some new shirts?

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OK, here is my instant "international Style" poke at 60s Swiss Modernism JUST IN HRANT'S size :-)

ChrisL

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My hrant, what. big arms you have

/little red ridding hood

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The shape of that shirt made me LOL.

I'd buy this one,

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>Veer does a KERN hoodie

Urban myth - it's a KERN zip up.

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I have a good friend from Bern named Peter who apprenticed with Muller-Brockman. He always talked about the famous Swiss 3 x 4 grid. The proportions of my T-shirt design are on a perfect 3 x 4 grid. Being an anal retentive Swiss modernist (and a very good designer) my friend Peter could not violate "das grid" (to quote Hrant). Therefore, I could not violate the grid either when I designed ths shirt :-)

ChrisL

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sii: my bad. I've never Looked closely at it.

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Chris, I'm so envious you know a graphic designer who is clearly a quite gifted scarecrow.

hhp

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You can't beat the shirts on engrish.com - typography at its (cough) best.

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If you want offensive and subtle, there's my Have a Nice Day shirts. Good for when clients ask you to bend over backwards.

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"...so envious you know a graphic designer who is clearly a quite gifted scarecrow."

LOL!!!
If I only had a brain :-)

ChrisL

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If you get the Veer catalogues, you'll notice this month if you buy an image CD you get the KERN zip-up for free.

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Gee, I already bought the KERN zip, do I now get the image CD for free? :-)

ChrisL

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Cool Vincent! but shouldn't it also be upsidedown to read like lead type?

ChrisL

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but honestly, the typo tee i really Really REALLY want is a "Obey Hrant" Tee. Now that's hecka cool! >^P