Welcome to Boxing Cats Blog

September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

So this is blogging. I have contemplated it for some time and have decided that it is better to dive in and learn as I go. The possibilities are exciting and the opportunities to explore the landscape of blogging and develop a sense of what I may have to offer in this now crowded blog world. Our theme is “Design, typography and other fare.” That is as accurate as I can get. My two primary interests as a designer are design and typography. Design covers not just graphic design but all things designed and how design works in relationship to society, improving and interacting with our environment.

“Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.”

— Chris Pullman

“Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”

— Steve Jobs

Typography holds a special place in my life as a graphics professional. My earliest memories about typography were from visiting the Pioneer Press newspaper office on the weekends when my father was working either the copy or city editors desk. He would take me down to the press room and I was immediately drawn to the Linotype operators. The noise and the heat were brutal but it was fascinating to a seven year old to watch the lead type slugs come out. The operators would give me individual lead character slugs and show me how they would job case and layout an article. I fell in love with type from that moment on. If you want to really fall in love with typography or really understand it’s importance in design and culture, I suggest you watch the documentary movie titled “Helvetica”. Here is the link:  http://www.helveticafilm.com/

“A man who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep.”

— Frederic Goudy

Oh yes, the “other fare” is about everything else that surrounds design from a business, cultural and just a human point of view.

Welcome and I hope to provide something of interest for you and stimulate some wonderful conversation.

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