Recently my mom bought this bag from eBay but she realised that the bag will not serve the purpose. Not one to miss an opportunity, I bagged ‘the bag’, HAHA! The best part about this bag is that it’s perfect for Uni – from utility perspective. However, the look of it was not appealing and it was too girly for me. Therefore, I decided to give it a makeover. I pulled out a few Indian fabric pieces from my treasure trove and started to cut & stick them onto the bag. It was fun, the outcome is incredible and exactly how I wanted.
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
This Christmas I wanted to try something new with my tree. Thats when I came across an alternative Christmas tree. This is new, unique, creative and takes no room. Most of the materials were found in and around my house. … Continue reading
Few weeks back, I visited a park close to my house just after my submission. For a long time I wanted to explore the park and the area around it. And here are some shots I love. These are all … Continue reading
Do let me know which is your favourite. 🙂
I wanted to decorate a dried plant since a long time and I grabbed the opportunity as soon as my uni break started today. Here, I will tell you how I started and how exactly I was able make a … Continue reading
1. A CAPITAL MISTAKE
NEVER use CAPITAL letters to accentuate words in running copy. They STICK OUT far too much spoiling the LOOK of the column or page. Use italics instead. If you have to set words in capitals, use proper small caps with or without initial capitals.
There are three different ways to connect or separate words: the hyphen -, the en dash –, a little wider than the hyphen, and the em dash —, wider still. The regular hyphen is easily accessible on any Mac or PC keyboard, whereas the en dash needs the combination option-hyphen on the Mac. The em dash is accessed by pressing
option-shift-hyphen on the Mac. The use of these dashes depends on house styles and tradition. The em dash with no space around it is traditionally used to separate thoughts—like this one—but I think its length is a distraction in running text. Try using the en dash to separate thoughts – like this one – with a character space on either side. En dashes without space on either side are also used between numbers and compound words as in: the shop is open 10–7, while you can take the New York–Kansas City train or the New York–Baltimore train only 8am–3pm.
3. “ & ”
A dead giveaway for unprofessional “desktop typography” are wrong quotes and apostrophes. Quotes can have different shapes. They generally look like “this”, and can be remembered as beginning and ending quotes by thinking of “66” and “99”. Beginning quotes are found on the Mac by pressing
option-[; closing quotes,
option-shift-[. The apostrophe is simply a raised comma, the shape of a ’9 in most typefaces. It is identical to the closing single quote, while the open single quote looks like a ‘6. Beginning single quotes are found on the Mac by pressing
option-]; the apostrophe and closing single quote,
4. Figuring It Out
Good text typefaces have “old style”, “text”, or “lowercase” figures – 1234567890 – instead of “lining” ones –
1234567890. Lining figures were originally designed to be used with setting of all capital letters. Lowercase figures blend in better with the text settings, as the figures behave like lowercase letters with ascenders (6 and 8) and descenders (3, 4, 5, 7, 9) and x-height-only characters (1, 2, 0). While they fit in text very nicely, the good looks have one disadvantage: each of the figures have individual widths, meaning they won’t sit directly underneath each other in columns. Their descenders may also clash with ascenders when the columns sit closely on top of one another, as happens quite often in tabular settings. Most lining figures are “tabular”, however, all the same width, making for a somewhat uneven appearance, as the
1 takes up the same space as the
8, but in tables, they are much easier to add up. Some fonts offer “tabular oldstyle figures”, which will allow table setting.
5. Joining Forces
A ligature is defined as the visual or formal combination of two or three letters into a single character. They consist of letter combinations such as ff, fi, fl, ffi. Ligatures keep letters from overlapping and improve legibility. For example: affluence, configure, deflate, affinity.
6. Not Justified
Avoid flush settings! Most applications create justified text by hideously stretching and squishing words and spaces. Note that it takes many hours of tedious work to typeset justified text that is truly well-proportioned and legible. For this reason, professionals prefer to use ragged-right composition, either with or without hyphenation, depending on how much line-length variation they wish to allow. This gives the text a more harmonious appearance and makes it easier to read, since all wordspaces have the same width.
7. Bite the Bullet
Use bullets or centered points instead of hyphens (-) when you list items. Bullets are part of the standard character set and are located in the following positions:
Text – http://fontfeed.com/archives/erik-spiekermanns-typo-tips/
Image – http://www.maxzerrahn.com/index.php?/studio-visits/erik-spiekermann/
I am not sure if all the facts and figures in this chart are correct but it is fun to read.
I made a dreamcatcher today. I wanted to make this since a very long time and finally made a mini version of it. It didn’t turn out as I had imagined but I think it is really good for the … Continue reading