Monday, July 25, 2016

NOT over my dead body

My siblings and I were just asked to approve a bronze grave marker for our mother, who died last year. Most people probably think the submitted design is fine. I think the typography is ghastly!
  1. Some "A" letters look too small.
  2. Some seem to extend too low.
  3. Some spacing between letters is too large.
  4. There is no kerning.
I'm merely an amateur typographer but could have done a much better job.

I long ago decided on the inscription for my own grave stone ("OK, What's Next?") but now I think I'll have to do the actual design to be sure of competent typography.

Humans seldom hang around for more than a century but graves can last for millennia. They should be done right.

1 comment:

  1. I quickly accepted a gravestone design for my father a few years ago and now I cringe every time I go to the cemetery. A graffiti artist could have done better.

    I wonder if the guys with the chisels have any training in esthetics, or just hammer away.

    It's ironic that there are strict standards for Torah typography, but not for Jewish graves. Some excellent lettering was hand-chiseled by Romans thousands of years ago. We should demand excellence today.