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How Font Nerds Experience Emotion MAG

May 27, 2012
By RedheadAtHeart ELITE, Mountain Home, Idaho
RedheadAtHeart ELITE, Mountain Home, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
Love with open hands. - Madeleine L'Engle

I love you, he told her,
In 44-pt Zapfino,
the tendrilly serifs curling
around her,
like his arm might have
if he were bolder.

Later they fought, her anger
hitting the air
in 108-pt Tekton, poking and
biting and throwing curveballs off
the ever-so-slightly snaking serifs.

Afterwards he was curt,
10-pt Chaparral,
clear, short serifs
and not much to say
but the clipped-off form of his words
needed no underlining
to get the message across.

Eventually they figured it out,
in 24-pt Georgia
just enough gentle serifs
for love's sake,
but no more of the melodramatic tendrils
which overpower
the reader's eye.

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This article has 4 comments.

KatsK DIAMOND said...
on May. 2 2013 at 1:34 pm
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
57 articles 0 photos 301 comments

Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

This is really clever and original.

on Nov. 24 2012 at 7:41 pm
Helena.of.Karatha DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
79 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You're a great wizard, Harry."
"Not as good as you."
"Me?! Books! And cleverness! There are more important things, Harry--friendship, and bravery, and--oh, Harry, just be careful."

I like it. I feel like perhaps you might use the word "serif" too often, but it doesn't really have convenient synonyms. Very good overall. And I am, perhaps, a font-nerd.

on Sep. 4 2012 at 4:57 pm
SarahHarmon GOLD, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
11 articles 1 photo 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have learned that people will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou

This poem is fantastic!

on Jul. 4 2012 at 2:29 am
j.Jaishri.a SILVER, St. Paul, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never Surrender.

This is a very interesting idea - one I can honestly say I don't read too much about. That kind of originality is and will continue to serve you as a writer - keep writing!