Biking along a Belgian canal

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It was amazing to see Rich work on his bikes. How he’d lovingly explain every single detail of every part. Then he’d discuss the people who had made it and which parts he was considering getting later. With the same inspiring enthusiasm he’d talk about his family or how to go about making coffee, or where to find the best charcuterie or the next fantastic things they were making at House.

A conversation with Rich was never a single thing, but glimpses of a deep, stormy network of interconnected ideas and processes, materials and people. Committed to his family, community, friends and company. A friend for over 20 years.

I’m so sorry he is gone. Thinking of Sharon and the kids and all our friends at House.

So exiting to see this work by OCD, The Original Champions of Design together with Commercial Type pop up in the real world. The NBA press release mentions “the taller, leaner typeface embodies the NBA game and its athletes.”. I think that is a great way to label a condensed. (I wonder if the naming was a factor in the selection of this typeface!) Get your Action here. More action: selected Action as one of their favorite typefaces in 2016.

Some ideas and code for RoboFont relating to the weight of text. As any introduction to typography will tell you, font families come in different weights, ranging from thin to black and many steps in between. These weights are used to create hierarchies and structure within the text. A bold headline will catch the attention. A lighter weight for reading, etc. While the word weight has connotations of physics and empirical envidence, the typographic reality is a bit messy. This code attempts to get a grip on the weight.

Github link