Typefaces, Helvetica and Pantone 292
The difference between fonts and typefaces.
A tangentially related story: I had to laugh the other night when I went to a bar after work with some colleagues (karaoke — and, no, I didn't sing). A man was wearing a T-shirt that said simply "HELVETICA." Only, it obviously wasn't in Helvetica. I complimented the shirt, and he told me it got a lot of praise, "only most people don't know it's not Helvetica." Not sure why they liked it so much, then. But I guess all types of people like simplicity in design.
In other design non-news: A friend has recently rediscovered the Magnetic Fields, a favorite band of mine. We had a fun discussion of the song "Reno Dakota," which includes the lyrics:
Reno Dakota there's not an iotaIt prompted me to go on a hunt for Pantone 292 on the Web. I ended up finding some fun photos on Flickr. And then I spent too much time looking at these real-life Pantone matches.
Of kindness in you
You know you enthrall me
And yet you don't call me
It's making me blue
OK, now back to thinking about words ...