so glad i found this place!
been looking for experts
in typography so i could
bounce ideas off of them,
and get feedback on stuff.
and this looks like that place. ;+)
i write e-book programs --
authoring-tools and viewers.
my aim is to incorporate the
best of p-book typography...
so i've tried to learn about it.
i respect the centuries of craft.
i want to carry a lot of it forward.
i'm also willing to leave things
behind, as no longer needed,
but i want to know i'm doing it,
and doing it for good reasons...
i do believe you can break the rules
creatively even without knowing 'em;
if it works, it works, regardless if you
knew why it "shouldn't" work or not...
but i love p-book typography, so i've
been quite willing to learn the rules...
after all, it's only natural to be
curious about what you love...
i'm about to release some stuff that
i would love to have you look at, and
give me feedback on. in the meantime,
i've been spouting off in a few threads
about "what book typographers think",
and it'd be great if you let me know of
any specifics that i've gotten _wrong_...
one thread is over at the "if:book" blog
-- future of the book -- on a blog entry
asking "why is text on screens so ugly?"
i made a couple of long comments there.
the second thread is on the "toc" blog
-- "tools of change" at the site of o'reilly,
the computer-book publishers -- where
i discuss a free book they just released to
demonstrate print-on-demand at a show.
i tell them all the things they did _wrong_,
from the perspective of a book-designer,
so i'd appreciate if you told me what _i_
got wrong. you can do it there, or here...
i'll put specific url's in a follow-up post,
just in case they would hold up this one.
and when i release stuff into the wild,
i'll let you know so you can kick my ass
with some of your excellent feedback... :+)