Working-from-Home Door Tags

For everyone teaching, learning, working, and writing from home! A set of printable door tags that let everyone else know that you, for one, are trying to focus. To reinforce, print on card stock or mount on a manila folder. Stay safe, be well, take...

You People Are the Best

I’ve been floored by the positive response to my academic valentines this week. Honestly, that you are finding them amusing makes me pleased as punch. Thanks for making this Valentine’s Day exceptionally...

New Valentines for Academics

New academic valentines have been added for 2015! Find them, and last year’s, here. Happy Valentine’s Day, colleagues! UPDATE: By popular suggestion, new valentines have been...

Great Minds and All That—Harvard University Press, Tweed Editing, and Futura

I feel pretty good about Tweed’s graphic design when I see resonances between it and Harvard University Press books! If we compare the promotional banner for the new translation of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Tweed’s header design, it looks like they both use some form of the typeface Futura, outlined and in a very similar color palette (right down to the background hue, which I have not altered but blends almost seamlessly into my site’s default color scheme). I don’t know whether this means my taste is standard issue or whether it signifies a timeless aesthetic, but the coincidence is fun. I do know that I could take some tips from the press in terms of negative space and complementary type weights. And here’s another great-minds-think-alike situation involving Tweed and HUP. Like this most recent similarity, that previous graphic kinship involves the typeface Futura (or a close variant). Do check out Piketty’s book; I’m sure it’s...

Research Dreams Come True: A Personal Note

This spring, my main squeeze, Rich, completed a course of study in economics. He now has four degrees to my mere three. To celebrate, he had the idea that we should take a trip—something significant but eminently feasible. He suggested Iceland, somewhere that he had already visited briefly and that I had long dreamed of exploring. I can’t pinpoint the earliest spark of my Icelandic fascination (perhaps it began with Björk, whose Debut album became a favorite of mine in the early nineties). But I do know when I first took a disciplined look at the small island nation. In my freshman year of high school, my honors world-history class required an in-depth investigation of a country, any country. I picked Iceland. I remember being nervous that one of my classmates would choose it before I could, but when my number was drawn from the hat, the tiny Nordic nation was still available. The research required was deeper than I’d done before. My sources went beyond encyclopedias; I remember using LexisNexis and microfiche at the library. I ended up citing the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, OECD documents, and Ms. magazine. According to the original WordPerfect files my father miraculously dug up for me, the resulting paper was 30 pages in length, plus appendices that included images and, I recall, Icelandic currency. It must have been my first “multichapter” work, with each of eight chapters homing in on a different issue facing Iceland at the time. Bringing the paper along with me on the trip we took last month brought everything full circle. It was oddly moving to introduce my almost-twenty-year-old attempt at scholarship...