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Due to the way in which we communicate through speech, I am still interested in whether punctuation makes a sound. It isn’t something I’ve been able to follow easily, and was pretty much shot down when I tried to approach several deaf charities. The idea was to see whether punctuation could be visable through sign language, then through how we speak aloud.

I was interested in the noises that the deaf people made to one another, even though they couldn’t hear each other. That was a side tangent that I’d loved to have explored but felt it needed more developing of an idea and the etiquette of asking to be involved in such a private thing.

Anyway, another Guardian piece about voice.

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Bibliography links

I’ve yet to upload any of my bibliography from semester one and two. The list is massive and hopefully over the summer I can link the references to other places on the web so its easy to find.

However, my weekly sourcing of information has led me to a Guardian article on Lynne Truss’s ‘Eats shoots and leaves’ guide to punctuation. Naturally, one of my first books to read and main source for references, so for that I am grateful! Whether it needs to be a compulsary guide for undergraduates I’m not so sure…

Eats, Shoots and leaves

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Dumbing Down

Not sure whether this is such a good idea…

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Local research

I recently visited Otley museum for the Environmental Type brief. It’s a lovely little place in much need of larger premises and an injection of money. Sadly, they are to be kicked out of the Civic Hall and as yet, the council hasn’t found them a new home.

They have a Wharfedale printing press,which is a lovely piece of letterpress machinery. (Check out the link above, a great blog and good explanation on the Wharfedale.)

So, the research has taken me in the route of signwriting and trying to understand the change between a craft and vinyl/3D lighted signs. The most obvious thing to have come about is that, architects don’t include signage into the designing of buildings. So often the relationship between signage and building is at odds.

The historical arts and craft has been interesting because the people who created the signs, where not typographers but just people who had a good eye, steady hand and some element of creative flair. This has been my favourite part of the research, to deleve into the history of where I live, see comparisons of one shop over a number of years. Maybe I’m too nostalgic for my own good!

Check out the gallery for the rest of the images.

Otley Garage

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Open for business


So we’re open and up and running for business, albeit a little late and probably with a couple of hiccups but we finally got here. If you’re new to this version of the site, then check out the top links that briefly explain about the research and my MA projects. I’m still updating and as this in an ongoing project/sketchbook/blog it will evolve and change.

Please can you fill in a questionnaire?  I would be greatly appreciative of your opinions and at some point soon I’ll have the data analysed and in some order to visually present.

Many thanks for taking the time to look.


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Rylands visit today

For the main MA project: What is punctuation? I’ve been reading at Rylands library in Manchester, I’ve been a few times now and each time I could happily move in and just read there. (Probably be the perfect job actually! Surrounded by books all day long!)

So, today was about reading up on punctuational usage in bibles. I’ve already spoken to the specialist who deals with religious texts and she was quite adamant that I wouldn’t find much of a difference in the past two hundreds, or even since 1611, when the standardised King James bible was created.

However, she was wrong. I’ve been reading so much stuff that I have religious scripture ingrained into my eyeballs (which isn’t pleasant I assure you.) I have collected quite a lot of data that actually backs up what I’m trying to understand. In particular, putting marks in wrong places and how that changes the entire context of a sentace or a passage.

So, I’m sifting my way through what I have and thinking about how I’m going to bring all of this back into a typographic piece, relevant to the subject, able to appeal to my audience and so forth. I have still to hear back from my Focus group, though I think that has fallen by the wayside now. Hopefully, I have enough data to pull off what I set out to do for semester two.

On a completely unrelated note, this website was posted from twitter. A lovely font editor, created by Fontshop, it lets you create your own fonts using ‘bricks’ and upload them to share with others. Enjoy!


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