In Richard Pérez-Peña‘s recent New York Times profile of Condé Nast chairman Samuel I. “Si” Newhouse (pictured at right, pixellated by Lacie Argyle into hundreds of tiny magazine covers): the magazine magnate knows his kerning!
When the wizards at Condé Nast Publications recently marched a pre-press issue of Brides magazine through an in-house review, Si Newhouse…wondered aloud whether a few of the letters on the cover were a tad too close together.As it turned out, they were.
Further endearing us to Newhouse (who is the owner of a pug named Cicero) is the profile’s revealation that he is knowledgeable in matters equine. “I had a picture of a fox hunt, and Si had a question about the saddle we used,” says Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. Newhouse offered a correction of the caption’s description of the pictured saddle.
Erik Spiekermann, courtesy of frog design / design mind:
my favorite number of all is the 2 in Akzidenz Grotesk Light. It looks like a swan that has a big neck. It doesn’t come back. American 2s always curve back. That one just has this big neck that ends short. Maybe the swan is a childish association, but to me it has this majestic “don’t touch me; leave me alone” quality, but still elegant. Swans aren’t cuddly. They’re bitches. But that’s what I like about the 2. It’s different. And it’s very difficult to do because you have this big white space, then it gets very black down there. You get some light into the top. It’s really a bitch, a total bitch to get that curve right so that it doesn’t fall over, so that it doesn’t sit on its ass. Designing a 2 or any number is always really difficult.
But maybe that’s why I like them so much.