October 21, 2003

Facelift for The Times and the "little read book"

POST #    464

Yeah, like I could tell the difference.

In the lower right hand corner of the New York Times today, there was a little blurb asking readers, "Notice anything? More than the news is new today on the front page and in the main news sections." The blurb pointed to this article in the business section which detailed the changes.

Starting today, The Times changed from multiple headline fonts on its cover pages to a single font - Cheltenham. While this may seem boring (it really isn't that interesting), there were some historical tidbits covered in the article. The Cheltenham font originated in 1896 and refined in the early 1900's. The Times says, "it is characterized by lines that are almost uniform in thickness and by serifs, or finishing strokes, that are small and blunt." Before today's change, there were at least six different typefaces that appeared on the front page, which may have been caused by the high cost of metal type in the early 1900's.

With the New York Times changing its typeface, The Editor (me) of the "little read book" has also decided to make a change. Starting with this entry, I will start using capital letters. This change, of course, will not affect the quality tripe that I spew daily. During the transition, there may be relapses in my lowercase self, but I will do my best to adhere to my changes. When I am drunk bloging, all bets are off. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, however, will remain a feature to my entries.

Posted by tien mao in Random at 9:36 AM



dude, set the class to all caps.. then you dont have to remember to cap it. unless that's a task you like to have.

Posted by: rachelleb at October 21, 2003 11:45 AM

huh? i have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 12:01 PM

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