An open letter to our new president

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An open letter to our new president
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Having read this (predictable), and this (boring). I thought I’d put together my own list of demands for President O…

1. Nationalize Gotham – and make it available to all citizens (and legal resident aliens) free of charge.

2. Establish annual award for outstanding typographic contributions to the USA – first recipient, Matthew Carter.

3. Economic bail out for the font industry – a fat check for every practicing typeface designer.

4. Annex Vancouver Island, making Hudson, Bringhurst, Mills and Bantjes subjects of Obama-rule.

5. Four year moratorium on the use of Optima.

6. Redesign all government web sites and tax forms using the ecofont.

Feel free to suggest others as ten item lists seem to be best.

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Create a National Sanctimonious Liberal Designer award. Each year this award will be given to the designer who has demanded the most attention for a design that raises awareness of a a cause-celebre but in no way actually helps anyone. Designs produced for any cause not favored by people self-identify as liberal are ineligible for this award.

Require Adobe to start releasing bug fixes again.

Mandate certification of typographic competence for anyone who subtitles or develops captioning systems for movies and television.

Get MSNBC to stop using all caps tracked to -150 so that “HILLARY CLINTON” no longer reads “HILLARY CUNTON”. Seriously, her name ends up onscreen at least once every hour, this needs to be fixed.

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>Require Adobe to start releasing bug fixes again.

CS5? ;-)

>Mandate certification of typographic competence for anyone who subtitles or develops captioning systems for movies and television.

I like it, the JCCA - Joe Clark Certifcation Authority!

One I forgot...

A presidential pardon to all "grunge" typographers.

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In the spirit of your Day of Service, require 1 hour of community service for every count of apostrophe abuse.

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I'd like to see a national Morris Fuller Benton day where everyone is required to dress like a Hobo.

I'd like a law that anyone under twelve years old who uses Comic Sans for something other than a cartoon is required to dress like a clown for a week.

I want a constitutional amendment that Helvetica and/or Arial are not allowed on U.S. currency. I'd rather see Blackletter on my bills.

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"Feel free to suggest others as ten item lists seem to be best."

8. Rip a new "hole" in DOJ to release some of the pent up pro-monopoly gasses trapped inside.

Cheers!

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>8. Rip a new “hole” in DOJ to release some of the pent up pro-monopoly gasses trapped inside.

No! They'll never take our iPods! And if they go anywhere near the "magazine font" business, I for one will write to my congressman.

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"They’ll never take our iPods!"
That is a solid.

"And if they go anywhere near the “magazine font” business..."
That is a liquid.

Cheers!

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Collect all of those folks who constantly fontificate and reorganize them into one convenient entity, The Department of Fontland Security.

ChrisL

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Simon, I was expecting something like this:

hhp

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Go to whitehouse.gov and post those letters!

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Within the first few hours of the presidency, Obama relaunched the [[http://whitehouse.gov | White House]] site. Can't ask for more efficiency than that and I take it as a small sign of good things to come. The site is typographically about 3 steps up from the old website, with a nice mixture of branding elements from his campaign and a dose of Government sincerity. It even [[http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http://www.whitehouse.gov/ | validates]] (though it's using a good deal of unsemantic markup).

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"Create a National Sanctimonious Liberal Designer award."

Ha ha ha! I love it. I also fully support the nationalizing of Gotham, particularly with its new weights and widths.

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>I also fully support the nationalizing of Gotham, particularly with its new weights and widths.

It's a shame the release of the new Gothams was overshadowed by other news events today - terrible timing ;-)

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> so that “HILLARY CLINTON” no longer reads “HILLARY CUNTON”.

I think that should stay. It's funny. :P

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This is funny. True type nerds (in a good way).

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- Bring back WPA arts projects
- Nationalize The internet infrastructure to the home
- Invest in open source projects for government IT infrastructure (as opposed to MS)

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I second the movement on Apostrophe Abuse!

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- Nationalize the font industry.

All fonts will be created by government employees and distributed for free to designers after at least three or four hours waiting in line and an interview with a case worker to determine whether the fonts are going to be used properly, and that the paperwork is in order. The system will require a new department in the executive branch headed by a "font czar". Of course the new program, including the many font administrators' and the occasional font designer's fantastic government benefits will be paid for by, who else, rich people!

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>benefits will be paid for by, who else, rich people!

surely... "our children's, children's, children."

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> children's, children's, children.

Great idea! Now what we really need to figure out is how to pay all the interest payments we are making now. Maybe we could get the rich people started on that, and then we can work out how to get more kids involved.

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@Christian Robertson

Sounds like a plan!

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