In the summer of 1994, my family planned a road trip from Houston to Washington, D.C. My parents highlighted the route on a map and I remember my mom asking me if I wanted to take the scenic route. My answer was yes.
Think about how much we learn about the world from letters on a page. Letters that make sentences that tell stories—and capture our histories. Or letters and numbers that form equations and recipes and how-to instructions. Even the letters on the page have their own stories, which is the subject of Ben Barrett-Forrest's animated short on the history of typography. In a short and sweet clip, he shows us how letter fonts have changed visually through time and addresses the history of italics, the influence of advertising and computers, and the popularity of Helvetica.
A decade ago, designer Jessica Helfand, wrote a passionate defense of the written word (and of typography in particular) to her then two year old daughter, Fiona. Well, it actually was an essay commemorating the second edition of David Carson's The End of Print, (which was published way back in 1995, ages before Kindles, iPads, and Smartphones and had precious little to say about technology's rapid encroachment).