Spooky Parkinson - Featured Face

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Simon 'Sye' Robertson's picture
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Spooky Parkinson - Featured Face
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Is it just me, or does Parkinson (the current featured face) look a little spooky?

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Joined: 25 Sep 2006 - 2:15pm
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It does have a nice Haunted Mansion feel.

Steve Peter's picture
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It's the dagger leg of the k.

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hmm...the "y" looks sharpen too...
The pairs "Pa", "Fe" and "Fa" looks a little open on kerning, no?

António

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Joined: 3 Jul 2007 - 9:17pm
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yeah..looking at it now. a little W I D E. But I have to agree Simon, it does feel spooky.

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> Is it just me

did you see....:

"A display family originally designed during the mid-seventies by Jim Parkinson for Roger Black at a growing Rock & Roll magazine. Jim sees it as ‘a combination between the original logo by San Francisco poster artist Rick Griffin & ATF Jenson,’ remembering it fondly as “a sort of Nicholas Jenson on acid.” Growing success of the series followed the rise of the magazine, with widths and weights being added year after year; FB 1994"

http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Parkinson/inuse

James Mark Hatley's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2004 - 11:00am
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Zoinks! I need a Scoopy snack.

Steve Peter's picture
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Or a Scooby snack.

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Doo have one, Steve :-)

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Simon 'Sye' Robertson's picture
Joined: 21 Jul 2005 - 12:42pm
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@david - how does that explain the 'spookiness'?

i agree it's the sharp terminals (is that the correct term?) that give it its bite.

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> how does that explain...

Rick Griffin , Jenson on acid -- does it ring a bell?

Simon 'Sye' Robertson's picture
Joined: 21 Jul 2005 - 12:42pm
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i've never heard of rick griffin - and could not see any jenson references in the link you posted...

sorry...

James Mark Hatley's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2004 - 11:00am
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Ha. Thanks Steve.

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> The pairs “Pa”, “Fe” and “Fa” looks a little open on kerning, no?

That's because the technology used to render the heads here isn't able to utilize any kerning pairs from the font.

James Mark Hatley's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2004 - 11:00am
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^ which should be consistently mentioned because it makes the featured faces look a little less than spectacular.

Kent Lew's picture
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Yes. And italics will tend to suffer worse because of the angle. How much worse depends to some degree upon the fitting strategy.

Chris Lozos's picture
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To me, the use of the featured face in the headings is just there to peak our interest. I always go to the foundries site and look at it as a pdf or in their own presentation. This give the font a more fair viewing. It is sad that the nature of the system used to create the Typophile site is not able to show the type properly but I would rather have it this way and see new work regularly than see just one face always. Some day the technology will catch up to the type geeks vision.

ChrisL