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The topic in my foundations class this week is symmetry. While most artists and designers I know speak about visual weight, or how a symmetric or asymmetric composition feels, symmetry is ultimately a mathematical phenomena. So I leave some of the dialog to the mathematicians. Check out this short promo for Professor Ian Stewart’s book, […]

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Eric Gill on “norms”

Eric Gill, from An Essay on Typography: It is clear that for any letter there is some sort of norm. To discover this norm is obviously the first thing to be done. I have always thought of rhythm and repetition as the fundamental principles governing typography. When I read this quote by Eric Gill I […]

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Meet Ada Lovelace

Information Pioneers is a new series developed by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, where five figures central to computing as we know it today are documented with a high energy host and cute graphics. Here is an excerpt from the Ada Lovelace video. On the BCS website you can watch all five videos and […]

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