Re: Steve Hudson digs his hole deeper [was: Re: Sickening stuff from Engineers]

Subject: Re: Steve Hudson digs his hole deeper [was: Re: Sickening stuff from Engineers]
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:18:07 -0700

The author isn't an engineer. As you could have seen from his byline,
he's a typographer and designer.

As he explains clearly in the piece, the art of typography involves a
lot of geometry and basic math.

On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 1:37 AM, Steve Hudson <sh1448291904 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm standing firmly on the side that says design and layout are ART, and
> trying to present them, or reduce them to, a serious of equations is fraught
> with failure. As my comment says, engineers should stick to stuff where
> formulae rule, and leave the 'other stuff' to experts. Still, I am sure they
> get equally a good giggle at code written by technical writers
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wright, Lynne [mailto:Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com]
>
> Are you implying that the content of the article is somehow wrong or
> objectionable?
>
> I used to be a typesetter back in the day, using a DOS-based program to
> generate galleys for print production. Given how limited the options for
> finessing type were back then, I found this article pretty
> interesting/illuminating in terms of how to work with digital type for
> electronic media.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Steve Hudson
> https://medium.engineering/typography-is-impossible-5872b0c7f891#.h6obkxudm
>
> Of course, I couldn't read that without a comment.
>
> To you guys, I will say this. This link contains high macabre comedy
> regarding how an engineer approaches typography. I need medicating urgently.
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