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Vincent Connare, Inventor Of ‘The Most Hated Font,’ Defends Himself

A typographic engineer, Connare was working at Microsoft in 1993, when he was asked for his input on a new program’s fonts. “When I loaded the CD a little dog came up. He talked in a speech balloon like you would get in a newspaper cartoon strip, but it was in the system font Times New Roman,” Connarre says. “I thought, ‘That’s silly. Dogs don’t talk like that.’ So I…

The future of handwriting

Even after the proliferation of print, the humble pen continued to flourish. History owes a lot to the literates who, entirely off their own steam, chose to document the times they lived in. Without people such as Samuel Pepys, there would be huge caverns in our knowledge of major events that happened in relatively recent history. But over the past couple of decades, there has been a tangible shift away…

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Journalism Tips: Newsworthy vs Snoozeworthy

“Dog bites man” is snoozeworthy because it happens all the time, but “man bites dog” is less common, so it is more newsworthy. A Newsworthy Story is uncommon (rather than common) affects many people (rather than few) people has significant impact (rather than trivial) happens nearby (rather than far away) involves prominent people (rather than ordinary people) Most stories don’t meet all five of these criteria. One man’s intense grief…

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Father copes with toddler son’s cancer by creating ‘empathy’ game

Green and Larson both admit that even the most seasoned gamers might be disturbed when they realize they can’t simply “win” this level by battling some final boss or shooting at a group of hungry zombies. But this discomfort is part of the point — by allowing player to fail in a certain sense, they believe they can give a more realistic depiction of what struggling with a chronic illness…