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Once or twice a year: Font Conference

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Liebe dieses 2008er Video noch immer sehr. Das ist mit das Schöne am Netz. Es ist so recyclebar. Bitte beachten Sie auch den Zusatz: This video wasn’t long enough, so we made it double-spaced.

Das ist wahre Liebe zum Detail.

Falls Sie nicht alles verstanden haben, hier das Sitzungsprotokoll: Times New Roman presided over the recent Font Conference, which centered on whether the conference would offer membership to Zapf Dingbats…

2012 scheint man den einst omnipräsenten Bösewicht Ransom allerdings fast schon wieder vergessen zu haben. Hier nur einer der zahllosen Ransom fonts.

Blush response

Many of my students worry because they blush during their talks. If you too worry, you may like this video’s message: People will actually like you more if you blush.

(via http://www.brainpickings.org/)

If blushing still bothers you, no matter what, try wearing non-white shirts and tops. White clothing will only enhance the reddishness of your skin. Think Coca-Cola bottles. Then again: Why should something you cannot control or change, such as your skin color, bother you at all? Instead, worry about your content, your language, your style, your message. Worry about the things in a talk that matter.

Never be ashamed of the color of your skin.

The video also shows that ignoring Youtube comments may be best.

Body Talk

Glad to have some serious science** now to back up what I (and colleagues and therapists) have been preaching/teaching for a long time: Changing posture can help change your mind. Which is why one of my presenting classes is all about being as bossy as you can. Feet up on the desk, and all.

»I feel bigger«, they usually say afterwards and sound like it. As for Amy Cuddy herself: a somewhat slower voice and a bit more breathing (= oxygen) in the right places would probably give her some more resonance.

(If she was one of my students, I would also encourage her to sweep away her fringe and smile a little less, and rethink that bright pink lipstick…)

So: This is probably not my favourite talk in terms of female role models, and I feel Amy’s own body language is not fully congruent with what she says, but it is an immensely important talk in terms of content and relevance. And that’s what counts, really. Content still is queen.

** Update 2016-01

Unfortunately the science claim that power posing leads to actual changes on a hormonal and neuroendocrine level seems to have been overreaching a bit. This does not mean that your body is not a wonderful ressource. Giving yourself enough space, learning how to be comfortable inside your skin, learning about voice and breathing and control and letting go will always be relevant.

Peg Light

This week, a lovely industrial design thesis by Steffi Min was posted on Vimeo and deservedly made it round the web in 24 hs. I wanted to show it yesterday at the Summer School 2011, my college’s yearly young entrepreneurs workshop weekend.

Unfortunately there were downloading probs with the clip the night before and I knew we would have no internet access at our otherwise lovely location and did not want to rely on my surfstick either, so I made a few screenshots, turned them into a quick-and-dirty-pan-and-zoom movie file in Picasa and would simply present the slideshow.


Image: screenshots from Peg Light video.

As a back up, I created a story board like collage image file as well, and a good thing it was, as it turned out I had forgotten my MacBook DVI-to-VGA adapter, needed to present from PDF instead of Keynote, then there was no Quicktime or VLC on the organizer’s Windows notebook to show my .mp4 files, and as I said, no internet to quickly install it… Life doesn’t get much realler than this.

As I keep saying: Always have a plan B. Or two. It was a great lesson in how to adapt adhoc, think on your feet, change plans, and survive. I left away half of my slides, decided to work with what I had seen from the group presentations and took it from there. A room full of people beats five videos. It is all there: the small insecurities, the nervous feet, the strong claims.

It was a great working atmosphere. Thanks to everyone involved in setting it up. And good luck with your projects.

And yes, I bought a second adapter for my handbag this morning.

Peg Light Video:

Simple. Plain. Minimalist. Love at first sight.

I have only two issues with the project.

  • Will it come only in red?
  • Can you please change the soundtrack?

It is such a nerve wrecking loop, I need to mute it every time I watch the video. And I watch it often, as I find it a marvelous design.

So for class I went for the first 37 seconds of In the darkest place by Elvis Costello. Perfect fit. Just as the light bulb begins to glow, he sings: In the darkest place, I know that is where you’ll find me.

Better. Much better.

Even if I never got a chance to play/show it. See above. 


Like honey in between your hands

The follwing video I stumbled upon somewhere. I probably wouldn’t have checked it but for the promotional line Like honey in between your hands.

I am not really into glass blowing. I find most shiny objects too cute and cliché. But I am very much into this video, as I am into everyone who makes a process more than a series of boring steps and passive voice.

I like the quietness of Kiva Ford’s passion.

If you need to give a brief overview of why you do what you do, this is a great example.

And no, it does not start with Adam and Eve and the history of glass blowing. It starts right at the heart of everything alive; it starts with fire and flame.

There is all sorts of different flames that you need to learn when you are working over the torch.


Handmade Portraits: Glassblowing With Kiva Ford

There is all sorts of different flames that you need to learn when you are working over the torch.

A yellow flame is a cooler heat and as you increase the oxygen, the flame turns blue. 
The temperature is probably a few thousand degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s really interesting working with glass, as my experience with glass is that it is solid. And then when I was introduced to glass blowing, all of a sudden it is not solid anymore, it’s a liquid and then it almost feels like honey in between your hands.

For liquids, there isn’t a structural order, but when a liquid freezes it does get a solid crystalline structure and what is so unique about glass is that it never has a crystalline structure, whether it is in its molten state or whether it is in its solid state.

I’m a proud member of the Scientific Glassblower Society, creating custom scientific glassware for research and discovery chemistry.

We make some pretty wild stuff.

Extractors, reactors, condensors, custom flasks.

It can’t be made by a machine or mass produced.

Scientific glassblowing has seen some decline over the years because of the way industry changes, the way that chemists run reactions and also the advancement in plastics.

A few decades ago there were a few thousand people in the Society and now there are under a thousand people. But the scientists still need that one-on-one interaction between the chemist and the glassblower to get the glassware that they need for their research.


Most days I get home from work and go to my shop and make the artistic glass. I get just as excited about scientific glass as I do about artistic glass. The whole process is beautiful to me.

The idea of blowing glass was developed I believe in Persia a few thousand years ago and we are still using the same basic principles.

We work over open flames and manipulate the glass to get the shapes that we want. You can get a very intricate detail, and I really like focussing on the tiny details. 

3:33 One of the things that I get the most enjoyment out of is trying to come up with new ideas, seeing what is possible and what isn’t possible.

For the animal series that I make there is a really interesting technique involved in getting that animal inside of the glass. I haven’t seen anyone else do anything like it before.

I grew up on a small farm and as a kid we would walk around and find arrow heads. I used to look at these arrow heads and think about the guy who was making them. Maybe there was one guy who was the best arrowhead maker and people would come from miles away and get arrowheads from this one craftsman.

I feel like I am connected to that in some way, to just focus on one skill and get good at what you do.