I’ve been a little busy lately. I have an upcoming wedding in 5 days, and while I assumed I could regularly write blog posts, I am ultimately bad at time management.
There are stresses in one’s life, and then there is wedding stresses. So when I failed to deliver a blog post last Friday, one would assume that my tens of readers would notice and alert me. But no, my twin brother, who knows I have an upcoming wedding, sent me the text message shown at left.
I assumed I would probably be too busy to write before my wedding, and even knowing this I still couldn’t write ahead of time and schedule them to post in the future. But if anyone knows what procrastination is, it is probably Jeffery – who has known about my wedding for 15 months, but just booked his plane ticket last week, and I am still unsure if he has sleeping arrangements.|1|
Wedding stresses are mostly self-imposed, or in most cases – imposed by mothers. Thus, other than stressing over vendor coordination and organizing the week’s events, I have been endlessly making signs. Specifically, chalkboard signs.|2|
Future Mother-in-law|3| thinks that people won’t know what to do if there isn’t a sign giving them explicit instructions. Furthermore, I am fairly certain I have made signs depicting how to hold a fork, and which orifice on the face to insert drinking water – otherwise, people will die of dehydration.
Before the signs were made, Future Mother-in-law got a stencil to help with the lettering. “Uh-oh.” My (soon) wife said. “You should’ve asked Brady first. He’s kind of a font snob.”
For the record – I am not a font snob. I just have a refined font palette. It’s like wine connoisseurs – they are willing to spend a few more dollars for a better tasting wine. Almaden may have been a fine wine to drink in your early twenties, but now that you have a refined, sophisticated palette, you strictly purchase Bota Box.
Future Mother-in-law was going to purchase the Helvetica stencil. But Helvetica looked “too cold.” Therefore, she got the “hand-written stencil font.” But the point of stencils is to have your letters NOT look handwritten. Kerning is the horizontal spacing between letters; I don’t know what vertical kerning is called, but lowercase j’s should not be seven inches taller than Capital M’s.
Ultimately, Future Mother-in-law was right; writing that looks like a 1st-grader’s may be illegible, but it never “looks cold” – and it is always a pleasure to read jacked-up fonts.
So, for the rest of the signs, she asked what my favorite font is. That is a tough question. The aforementioned Jeffery got me amazing 12mm Corbusier font stencils, from Peter Miller books, for
my our birthday. Those would’ve been perfect, but Future Mother-in-law was thinking more along the lines of 1200mm size text. Ultimately, I said we should use Avenir – mostly, because we could just use our normal handwriting. However, all of the sans-serif fonts I named were deemed “stark and oppressive” – something a communist regime might use to create bland uniformity.
I don’t even recall what font I’ve been using, but I’ve been dreaming about fonts, and chalkboard markers, every night.
- 5. univers –
- This font is more common in Europe, but the man who has probably influenced every architect, Frank Ching, uses univers font in his books. If Frank Ching likes it, then I like it too.|4|
- 4. Futura & Helvetica –
- I could not narrow down this list to only five fonts. I use these two fonts for this website; Futura for titles and Helvetica for text. Most people want a unified look for their website on all platforms, but I didn’t want to pay for fonts – thus everyone’s viewing experience may be different for this website.|5| My title fonts are: Futura, Roboto, and sans-serif. My text fonts are: Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, and sans-serif. If you own a Mac or IPad, you will see Futura and Helvetica. If you think Comic Sans|6| is a fine font, then you probably see Roboto and Window’s crappy replication of Helvetica (Arial). But a few lucky graphic designers will be rewarded with Helvetica Neue – I don’t even have Helvetica Neue installed on my computer, so I hope it looks good.|7|
- 3. Avenir –
- Avenir is the new Futura. The all-caps thin letters look amazing in titles.
- 2. Franklin Book –
- Especially in bold, I still love this font.
- 1. Neutraface –
- This should be every architect’s de-facto font. An incredible font produced by House Industries (Christian Schwartz) mimicking the architect Richard Neutra’s handwriting. I don’t care if some people think it’s already over-used; only when everybody’s House Numbers are Neutraface Numbers – will it then begin to be bland. Hell, Helvetica still looks nice, and is abundantly overused.
Note to All Architects: It is pronounced Noi-tra-face (you know, like the architect) NOT New-tra-face.