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Century: 100 Years of Type in Design

This little bit of excitement has taken up a lot of my time and concentration for the last few months, and the last few weeks in particular. [Century: 100 Years of Type in Design from Monotype on Vimeo.] From the...

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What’s Ћ point?

[A short blog post I recently wrote for Design Week...] The English language (and the Latin alphabet it uses) is well-known for adapting itself with the times and the needs of the many different people who use it. Because the...

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A Brief History of Typography 1928 - 1980

Note: for the sake of posterity, and because I've been blogging long enough to know that online stories tend to go missing after a while, I've started trying to repost articles in which I'm included. This lovely post by Ellen...

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Ten Questions for:

Me! Just a quick email Q&A for Design Week that I did recently: Monotype type director Dan Rhatigan on a changing typographic industry, the perils of a second degree and the importance of experimentation. [Photo by the magnificent GUAzine]...

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Two great independent magazines

I generally don't talk about Pink Mince when I'm doing things related to my day job, but I threw in a handful of visual references to accompany an interview in the latest issue of 8 Faces magazine. (If you...

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The iconic London Underground typeface turns 100

I wrote a short little thing for Wired UK about the history of the Johnston Underground typeface. I was worried that I could only barely scratch the surface in 500 or so words, but people seem to enjoy it anyway:...

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Zine: The Analog, Pre-Blog

Just a quickie: a link to a nice little article about zines written by Kate Nancy, who I met when she stopped by the Pink Mince stall at Zinefest Berlin last November. The article includes a couple of quotes:...

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All about workflow

A preview section of the interview I gave to Eye magazine for their Monotype special edition, number 84:...

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Pencilled, Pixelated

Since I started working full-time at Monotype, and especially since I took over as UK Type Director last Spring, work has consumed a larger and larger part of my life. This would be bad if I didn't love this job...

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A Type Nerd's Time in India

Last year I submitted an article to a very excellent zine called FAQNP (which stands for, mischievously, “FAQNP's a Queer Nerd Publication”) for their “Queer Nerd Travel Guide” issue, since I'm a queer nerd who travels a lot. The gents...

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Web Designer tips

Just a quick one for the clippings file: I wrote up a few quick tips about choosing typefaces for the web (or any screen-based project, really). Nothing major, but some ideas to chew on. This is from the web typography...

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The new era of type

In my official capacity, I wrote an opinion column for the latest issue (no. 192) of Computer Arts magazine about the state of digital type. I'm not sure if the article will be posted to their website, so just to...

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Typodarium 2012

I contributed to the Typodarium 2012 calendar with Copse and Astloch....

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FAQNP #3: A Queer Nerd Travel Guide

I contributed an article to the zine FAQNP for its third issue, “A Queer Nerd Travel Guide”. My photo feature, “A Type Nerd's Time in India”, is a look at how well (or for the most part, how badly)...

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Archival material: NYC edition

A decade ago, which is essentially a lifetime ago, the New York Times had a web-only site about living in New York, and featured me in a weekly column about homes/apartments in the city. While I'm impressed that the article...

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Grateful Grapefruit

Grateful Grapefruit: The “zine for horny nerds” (the other one besides Pink Mince, of course) gives us a little love....

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The Everyday Experiment

The Pink Mince astro-buddies, as featured in Andew Slatter’s journal The Everyday Experiment...

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The Pink Mince mood board

We’re in excellent company over at It’s Nice That...

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The many faces of Sparky

My career seems to be at the point where I rarely need to tailor or tinker with my CV (or résumé in the American parlance), but I need to rewrite short bios over and over again. that’s a good sign,...

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Oh yeah, Pink Mince

For the past year or so I’ve been working on this little side project that I’ve been meaning to write more about -- a zine called Pink Mince. I was waiting to see how it went, and whether or...

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Stranger in Stranger

Well, looky-looky at the cover of this week's issue of The Stranger: The photo, taken by a pseudo-pornographer I know, is in honor of Hump! 2, The Stranger's 2nd annual amateur porn contest. I’m sure that boy-toy model Jeffy up...

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Body Type

Click here for a few more peeks of the inside of the book, put together by my pal and colleague, Ina Saltz....

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Another Kind Word

And somehow I missed yet another glowing review from CyberSocket back in February. Thanks guys!...

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A Kind Word or Two

Thank you, Cybersocket, for the very kind words: "POSEABLE THUMBS: We couldn't offer a tour of seedy but effulgent art-porn without neglecting the consistently superb Poseable Thumbs, whose Tom of Finland-derived action figure sex remains to be both hot in...

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One More Twas Shot

And we have another appearance of the 'Twas photo with this review from the Voice. Again, there's a disappointing lack of credit, but I’m more convinced than ever that the photography has really been helping this show get as much...

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Full Color, but No Credit

Another juicy placement for the photo I shot for 'Twas... in this week's Time Out New York. No credit, sadly, but it's a flattering nod to get that much of the page, in full color no less....

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'Twas the Voice Before Christmas

I was pleased to get a credit a different 'Twas... photo in this week's Village Voice, but they spelled my name wrong. With a name like mine I’m usually happy if they get it 90% correct, but I’m a little...

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Don't People Get Paid for This?

Stuff another item into my file of press clippings: it's another photo credit in the Times. Man, I should try and get paid for this stuff at some point!...

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Twas My First Photo Credit

I’ve got one more notch in my belt as of this weekend: my first photo credit in the New York Times. Sadly, the photo didn't show up in the online version of the article, but you can check it out...

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Striking Poses

There was another nice write-up for the Thumbs in the November 2005 issue of AVN (Adult Video News). Although I knew this was coming out, it slipped my mind until after the fact, so I never grabbed a copy for...

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In Case You're New to This Place...

In case you've ended up here after reading James Withers' New York Blade article, "Blog Star Confidential" — WELCOME! I hope you enjoy the show. Speaking of enjoying the show, you really ought to read more about the WYSIWYG Talent...

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Posed and Unzipped

This awesome review from the August 2005 issue of Unzipped is probably the best one of them all (my reviews for Poseable Thumbs, that is). They obviously get it....

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X-Factor

Huh, looks like the Thumbs have gotten another write-up in X-Factor magazine: Hardcore action figures PosableThumbs.com The final Star Wars movie has hit the theaters and other summer blockbusters are not far behind. That can mean only one thing. Well,...

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HX Site of the Week

Hey, did anyone catch this? The May 27 issue of New York City's HX magazine featured a write-up about the Poseable Thumbs: SITE OF THE WEEK G.I. Joe Type ISO Same poseablethumbs.com Handcuffed studs, boot-licking slaves, leather-clad muscle queens —...

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Fleshbot Spot

A little bird told our pal at Fleshbot about the Poseable Thumbs, and it's led to a delightful jump in traffic and kind remarks. I just may be on to something....

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Magazine Whore

Finally, an explanation for the cryptic, snarky e-mails I’ve been getting from random people I know the last couple of days. I discovered that a personal ad of mine that’s been floating around Nerve for a while was inexplicably picked...

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As Featured in the New York Times

Go and see what the Rumpus Room actually looks like in this article, which containa lots of cool pics of the pad, as well as the most unflattering picture of me ever seen by human eyes. It's a very complimentery...

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As Featured in the New York Times

A little bit of spotlight is shining into my basement this morning, thanks to this article about my pad on nytoday.com, an offshoot of the New York Times site. The article itself is a bit weird: It's loaded with little...

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The Critics Praise Sparky

Fame! Fortune! Well, neither, actually. But it's cool at least. Thanks to a well-placed word or two from Jonno, Rumpus Room was picked as "site of the week" by New York's own free fag rag, HX. (Of course, the issue...

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