Don’t p@nic: Punctuation has rarely been truly stable

INTHEBEGINNINGWASTHEWORD, and the word was run together. Ancient texts (like the Greek of the Gospel of John) had few of the devices that tell readers where words begin and end (spaces), which words are proper names (the upper-lower case distinction), where breaks in meaning come (commas, dashes, semicolons and full stops), who said what (inverted commas), and so on.
Most people take punctuation to be something obvious and settled. In fact, the system is in a bit of upheaval.

via Don’t p@nic | The Economist


Design Police

Visual Enforcement Kit

Unfortunately this website & great idea from 2008 is only around now in the pieces that were scattered around the web. The site leads to a parked page, and yet I was able to find these images & the PDF for downloadThese come in handy if you are persnickety about fonts, graphic design, kerning, and other things. There was a time in the mid-aughts where people made & distributed PDFs of stickers, those were good times, even if I can’t imagine people had sticker paper (like me) to print them on.


Hyphens & Dashes


Hyphens, en and em dashes are among the most misunderstood, and misused, punctuation marks in typography. While their appearance is generally similar, they have distinct designs and serve specific functions. These three marks are not interchangeable, and knowing the difference is key to setting type correctly.

via Hyphens and Dashes | Typology.