This title card from Alien is an example – possibly the Ur Example – of a popular sci-fi trope, the Foreshadowing Inventory. Seven crew, you say? Hmm. Seven. Let’s hope nothing disastrous happens to them, one by one. And their course is set for a return to Earth, eh? Well, I’m sure that’s the likely outcome for this particular story.
I have a thing with breakfast cereal boxes. Having said that, I don’t collect, or, for that matter, hoard them, even those that are full, but they have a certain significance that I may, or may not, say more about at a later time. Cryptic I know, but there you have it.
On the subject of breakfast cereal boxes though, if you had to, just for the sake of it, match an economist with a certain breakfast cereal box, such as “Special K” for instance, who might that be? If you think you can match one with the other, then the Marginal Revolution University is the place to be.
I suspect that the giant birdsnest for creating new ideas, complete with egg shaped cushions, an item of furniture that – as the name would suggest – is intended to trigger creative thoughts, will not just appeal to adults.
As a font, Comic Sans can’t be regarded as being too flippant, especially if there is a typewriter – purpose designed in this instance by Pittsburgh based artist and educator Jesse England – that sports the much maligned typeface.
The font, or typeface, you’re looking at here, right now, is called Agenda Medium. Its design, by Font Bureau, is based on a font created for signage and the like on the London Underground in 1916. But that doesn’t explain how Agenda Medium came to be named Agenda Medium.
Years ago, I asked one of my mentors what he thought was the hardest part of designing a typeface. I was expecting “the cap S” or “the italic lowercase” or something like that. But he answered without hesitation: the name. Finding the name is the hardest part.