Typophagy

turbulenz's picture

Hello, Typophile community.

Hereby, I'd like to present you this blog, Typophagy created by myself and Fábio Martins.
The above mentioned has the objective of uncovering some essays, thoughts, and what-nots about not only typography but also design in general.

It is definitely yet an up-and-coming project, but it counts on critique, opinions and appreciation to go forward.
I post this here because it shares a mutual interest and focus with this community – which in my opinion has exactly the right people to appreciate it.

I know I am not properly what you would call an active participant in typophile, but that is due mainly to the lack of time and production, as well as involvement in other matters; so this comes as a manner to show the love drawn towards the crafts here discussed and practiced – all of those which such visible fullness of heart.

Thank you all already,

André Reis

David Ford's picture

Do you talk like that in real life?

turbulenz's picture

hah, more or less. i tend to complicate, or so it seems. b'sides, i'm portuguese, so i try to be as correct as i can when talking in a foreign language.

AzizMostafa's picture

Typophagy for Portugues or English-Speaking Typophiles?!

AndrewSipe's picture

No offense towards anyone, but Typophagy isn't really a well thought out name. Considering the 'ph' is read as an 'f' sound. Some people might categorize anything 'phagy' as a negative word, even though it's not a word at all. The implications of what it sounds like are pretty detrimental.

Is that too crass?

turbulenz's picture

no, not too crass at all. you really have a point there, even though it was intended to play with that. it's nevertheless always more about the content – which is for English-Speaking Typophiles, in response to AzizMostafa – rather than the title (which expresses the devouring / absorption of all we can, relating to this matter).

and, thank you all for the critique already.

cslem1's picture

Asvetic: You took the thoughts right out of my head. As soon as I saw the title of this forum, "Typophagy" I immediately thought that the post was going to be someone making fun of the site. Just sounds derogatory. It's just something to keep in mind if you want the blog to be successful and attract people from this type of community.

turbulenz's picture

Duely noted; you all do have a point, even though there was no intent of mocking this community at all, or anything of the likes. In any case, i still highlight that that reflects the spirit of the blog – it is meant to play with that. Designers used to play with concepts and ideas, last time I checked.

I'm not trying at all to play deffensive on this – don't take me wrong: I embrace your critique, I just think it evades the whole purpose picking with the blog title instead of checking for content – but, if I'm not mistaken the greek suffix phagos, stands for voracious/voraciousness; as much as the philos one stands for friend / being friendly (exactly).
All the more one would assume that especially this community would be less impenetrable.

I truly want to thank you all for your opinions and statements – which help in not only the blog's, but in my own personal growth –, that are crucial for avoiding future mistakes.

David Ford's picture

You should use one of these for your logo.

timd's picture

I liked and got the -phagy suffix, (from a critique of Bram Stoker's zoophagous Renfield character I read years ago). It has the same intensity and root as typophile, it really speaks worse of those that misread/misunderstand it.

Tim

AzizMostafa's picture

.. it really speaks worse of those that misread/misunderstand it.

David Ford's picture

What does the pink panther mean?

paul d hunt's picture

Considering the ’ph’ is read as an ’f’ sound. Some people might categorize anything ’phagy’ as a negative word

i would like to assume that those that would take an interest would realize that while the 'ph' makes and 'f' sound the 'g' makes a 'j' sound so that this come out sounding like fay-jee in English (probably fah-jee in portuguese?) and nothing like what you're insinuating.

David Ford's picture

Ohhhhh.....i get it...pink panther = gay, hah!

AndrewSipe's picture

it really speaks worse of those that misread/misunderstand it.

Well, it's true. I didn't know of the origins of the proper phagy. However, I would put money down that the majority of people would assume what I had. Which really is a reflection of the sad state of current intelligence.

However, this entire assumption could be turned around and Typophagy could help enlighten those that don't understand.

I, for one, have already been enlightened through this thread. So, in the future, I won't make this association again.

paul d hunt's picture

Which really is a reflection of the sad state of current intelligence.

what DO they teach in JH biology these days???

turbulenz's picture

(...) this come out sounding like fay-jee in English (probably fah-jee in portuguese?) and nothing like what you’re insinuating.

Exactly like that; and for once, I could understand where the misreading came from. Because of the original sounding of the word I couldn't see it could be misinterpeted for the worse. the feedback – and being foreign as well – wasn't properly elucidating for me to understand that.

However, this entire assumption could be turned around and Typophagy could help enlighten those that don’t understand.

Okay, now that would be a good idea. I'm already trying to make that up in this thread – but nevertheless something to be posted on the blog. Even so, it is more about the content than the title.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Andre, maybe you could have a brief explanation of the coined word somewhere on your blog... Or maybe change your slogan to something like "Devouring all things typographic". I have the feeling that it is rare to encounter "-phage" or "-phagy" in English. At least for us non-scientists. :-)

(I once ran into the term "coprophage" in the title of an "X-Files" episode, but was already familiar with the Spanish equivalent... Same goes for terms like "phagocyte". Maybe they are more common in Romance languages, in spite of the Greek origin.)

cuttlefish's picture

what DO they teach in JH biology these days???

Intelligent Design; since they cut it from the art budget they had to put it somewhere.

turbulenz's picture

Ricardo Cordoba, well, thank you for pointing it out and explaining so clearly. As for the suggestion of including it in the blog, it's had already been put before and it is indeed a nice one. In a recent future, it will appear there.
To you, and to all the people who replied, thanks once again!

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