Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It: ebook edition


Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It: ebook edition


If you’re interested in type, printing, and language and where they intersect, you’ll enjoy this book of ten researched and reported articles written in 2016 and 2017. I look into the origin of CAPITAL LETTERS used for SHOUTING, why we type > to indicate a quoted part of reply, the resurgence of letterpress through digital assistance, Walt Whitman’s 1889 poem “A Font of Type,” a web site archiving itself for 10,000 years, and the surprising origin of “this page intentionally left blank”—and more! Download this excerpt of the book, which contains a full chapter.

This ebook is an outgrowth of my year spent as Designer in Residence at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, where I printed a letterpress edition with six of these articles. The residency spurred me to research and write more, and this expanded ebook is the result. 

Ebook formats included: PDF (116 pages), EPUB, MOBI. DRM protection: none—read on any device. Publication date: November 2017.

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The book’s chapters:

  • Nothing Is Lacking: The earliest uses of marking a page as intentionally leaving something out.
  • The Ten-Millennium Safe: A web site plans for the far future.
  • The Quibble with Online Quotes: Will the Internet kill off curly quotes?
  • Look Askew: Slanting type is like stealing sheep.
  • Noto Bene: Google builds a massive typeface to represent all the languages of the world.
  • You Can’t Quote Me on It! Email and forums ape an ancient textual device in marking quotations.
  • A Font of Type: Walt Whitman was a printer, and this poem has deep roots in his background.
  • What a Relief: While letterpress seemed destined for the junk heap, it's making a surprising comeback.
  • A Crank Turns a Letterpress: Your author spent hundreds of hours walking a carriage on a press back and forth and thinking about what it meant.