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Our Love of Typography and Vulgar Language

DYP Postcards

You may think that we just slap a load of cheek on a card and that’s it.  But there’s a method and a passion behind what we do.  Typography, design and a love of linguistics is what makes us tick.

Founder, owner, and head-honcho Bec has a longstanding interest in print.  Typography has been her thing for a long time. DYP started out as a Letterpress printing studio, using mainly vintage wood type. The artwork created for all our products is based on a 1940s wooden type from Germany.  And Bec’s more than a bit nerdy about paper.  Oh yes, it has to be the right paper, not just any old card stock!

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Our cards and prints are inspired by the centuries-old craft of letterpress printing.  We love the beautify qualities of that traditional print.

typographySo, you may focus on the cheeky message, but we’ve spent hours selecting the right paper, and the right printer.  We’ve designed unique and individual fonts.  We’ve spent time getting the layout just right.  We’ve chosen the colours carefully.  Add luxury, traditional crafts, and a hefty dose of rude and what you get is DYP.  We love what we do!





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Lorem Fucking Ipsum – DYP loves swearing!

Lorem Fucking Ipsum - DYP loves swearing!

Lorem Fucking Ipsum – DYP loves swearing! – And we know you do to!  And we’re in good company.  A design company has come up with some super swearing text especially for designers.

Have you ever looked at a website and seen a load of strange Latin text?  It doesn’t make sense.  What’s it all about?  Well it’s basically dummy text.  Or what designers know as “placeholder text”.  Designers use it to fill a page to see what the layout looks like.  Sometimes they forget to take it out.

The text designers us is called Lorem Ipsum.  The use of Lorem Ipsum text goes back 5 centuries, when it was used by the early printers.  The original Lorem Ipsum is an extract from 2000 year old classical Latin Literature.  The Extremes of Good and Evil by Cicero if you really want to know.

The original Lorem Ipsum goes like this:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Designers usually just cut and paste it from sources on the internet.  But they should be more careful.  Because some versions have little embarrassing bits of text hidden amongst the Latin.  Next time you find a web page with Lorem Ipsum, have a check through.  See if they unwittingly left in some cheekiness.

So where’s the swearing you ask?  We thought DYP loves swearing?

Well, there’s this. It’s “Placeholder text for people who have some fucking passion!” It’s designed by loremfuckingipsum.com who have created a new placeholder text generator. It’s a lot more interesting than the usual. They’re designers, and they’re bored with Lorem Ipsum. DYP loves swearing, so we love this!

Lorem Ipsum
Alternative Lorem Ipsum from loremfuckingipsum.com

So if you need some text to see what your layout will look like, this will do the job.  Just make sure you replace it before sending it to print!

Mind you, we don’t edit out the sweary.   In fact  DYP loves swearing.  If you do too, we’ve got a great selection of cards, and some are super sweary.

Cunty Wanky Bollocks Lorem Fucking Ipsum - DYP loves swearing! Holy Shit It's Twins Lorem Fucking Ipsum - DYP loves swearing! Remember what you are! Lorem Fucking Ipsum - DYP loves swearing! Happy Birthday Bollock chops Lorem Fucking Ipsum - DYP loves swearing!

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The 100 Days Project up to day 29

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The 100 Days project up to day 29 has been a really great experience, one where I’ve explored hundreds of rude and vulgar swear words, discovered the etymology of these words and then rewrote them to have a humorous slant. The idea was to create a body of work that would eventually be tweaked then put into production as greetings card, prints and t-shirts.


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Searching for punctuation on twitter?

I spend an awful lot of time camping on twitter, where I have two accounts that merge into professional and social. I do at times forget which one I’m signed into and so often random unrelated links or comments appear via either account.  This has lead to several comments about what I do and has been a positive cross over between both typography and research and being ‘Bec’.

So about ten minutes ago I decided to use the search function of twitter and see how punctuation rated in the world. Surprisingly a lot of people mentioned it in their tweets, they like it, they still want it, they get very annoyed at people not using it and apparently a lot of people are pedantic about it. There is also an awful lot of myth and opinion and no one seems to really have an ‘authoritative’ voice on it. (Though I beg to differ!)

After spending so much time researching punctuation I still find it incredible how passionate people become about the use of it. Take this website and comments for example, the arguments that follow about the correct use of the comma become quite heated. Why is this so? Punctuation is not just a language or typography tool but has morphed and been absorbed into social interaction. This is why I love camping on twitter, I love to see how people around the world argue their usage as being right, with passion and gusto. Like they have an almost possessive need to guard their knowledge or assert their way as the ‘right’ way.

Since my last search twelve new tweets have appeared, some arguing that we change the name of the underscore to something less boring like ‘dashy—hang—low’ (which is frankly ridiculous!) So I think I’m going to propose changing the names of punctuation and see what ideas everyone comes up with?

Here are a few to start with:

Question mark — Inquiry

Exclamation mark — Interjection

Comma — direct

I think we can do better and these are very quick alternatives that my Chamber’s Thesaurus app on the ipad helped out with. It also proved quite difficult and wrong to rename the marks, like some deep seated rules of respect for something that must not be changed. So on that note, I need to go and rebel and find some new names!

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