Font Foolishness

Many years ago, before the digital age, there was a clever mechanical way to make small adhesive labels. It was made by Dymo, and I own one.

It provided a very convenient way to identify stuff. And that, alone, was pretty good.

But recently, someone created a Dymo font for use on computers. I do not have a clue as to why. It is being used to promote a current Broadway show.

Whether or not you find that attractive is your call. However, those selections of Dymo-style text seem to be real labels rather than computer-generated text.

The reason is that the font designer created blank spaces between words as empty rather than as solid. This is what happened when I used the font on my computer.

As can be seen on the second line, there are blank spaces between words. This would not be possible on mechanical tape.

The third line shows that additional graphic elements (shown here in red) had to be added to simulate actual tape. The fourth line is the completed simulation.

Another font that bewilders me is

 

 

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About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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