New technologies provoke immediate response, yet they also permit possibilities which may be slow to emerge, impeded by complicated and at times difficult prejudices and habits. Thirty years ago, software engineers began to equip page layout programs with special effects that delighted amateurs and horrified typographers. Now, rather than turn the customary blind eye, Shinn responds to the digital vernacular, constraining glyphs to prefigure a cleanly overlapping outline of even stroke width, by means of precise drawing and kerning, and judiciously deployed contextual alternates. In plain text, Softmachine is tight but not touching. View PDF.
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