Typeface of the Week: Clarendon

Typeface of the Week: Clarendon

Clarendon is an English slab-serif typeface (slab serifs are also known as Egyptian fonts) that was created in England by Robert Besley for Thorowgood and Co. (or Thorowgood and Besley) in 1845. This type company was formerly known as the Fann Street Foundry until approximately 1838.  Clarendon has heavy, thick serifs, which gives the typeface a strong sense of weight. For those of you who are unfamiliar with typographic terms, a serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol (ex. the bottoms of the “l,” “r,” or “n” in Clarendon. The typeface also has curled terminals at the ends of letters such as “a” and “r.” Read More

Avi Avital: Between Worlds – Reimagining The Creative Reach of The Mandolin

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer. Avi fell in love with the mandolin at a young age. To Avi, the mandolin is an extension of who he is, like a conduit between his inner emotion and his self-expression. Avi’s latest album is entitled Between Worlds. As he puts it, “Between Worlds is an invitation to go on a journey, and a tribute to the adventurous character of those 20th-century composers who introduced the tunes and the spirit of folk traditions, whether foreign ones or their own, into their “classical” art – from the curiosity of Béla Bartók in his Romanian Folk Dances, to the missionary zeal of Ernest Bloch and Manuel de Falla in tracing their respective musical roots, to the creative leaps of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla, who reimagined Bach in the Bachianas brasileiras and folded the classical fugue back into the passionate tango.” Read More

100 Years, 100 Ranchers by Scott Baxter

100 Years, 100 Ranchers by Scott Baxter

Scott Baxter began photographing Arizona ranchers in the fall of 2004. His goal was to honor the legacy of those families of ranchers that have been ranching in Arizona since 1921 or earlier. 1912 is the year in which Arizona gained statehood into the United States. The project is to coincide with Arizona’s centennial this year.

 

As Scott puts it, “The ranching tradition in Arizona is enduring and important. Even more so as, conditions such as encroaching development, drought, and dire economic conditions have made a difficult was of live even more tenuous. Disputes over water rights, grazing fees, and recreation have also deeply affected the ranching way of life. The intense, difficult work involved in running a ranch has led some children to choose not to stay on, and pursue this lifestyle, Ranchers love what they do, and cherish the land and tradition that has been passed down to them through their families.” Not only has Scott honored them with his kind words, he’s also honored them with some gorgeous photography. Take a look at some below and see what real cowboys look like in 2012.

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