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This is a blog about various design and technology subjects.

Comprehension

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Framework

In choosing a font for the current series of cryptographic paintings, I settled on one of the more durable and popular typefaces, Caslon. Created during 1725 by William Caslon at his foundry in Sheffield, England, it was based on some of the current Dutch fonts of the time, and includes well-developed serif characters that aid in legibility and aesthetic value.

Installation

Installation of artwork is a demanding and specialized skill. I’m not talking about the trendy and slightly annoying realm of Art Installation you may be familiar with, featuring tires mounted with ladies nylons hanging from the backbone of a taxidermied zebra, for instance. I’m talking about Art Handling & Moving, Art Installation, Art Placement, Art Hanging, familiarity with Picture Hanging Hardware, Temporary Adhesives, Signage, Labeling and Cleaning. Sounds like the job description on a resume, doesn’t it?

Demarcation

In the world of art materials, things keep getting better and better. 100,000 years ago, in Blombos Cave in South Africa, a complete toolkit for grinding pigments and making a primitive paint-like substance has been recently discovered. Egyptians mixed pigment with gums or animal glue, which made them workable and fixed them to the surface being decorated over ago, and they still possess their brilliant color 2,000 years later. We have come a long way.

Cryptography

Whilst a student at RISD I had several jobs as a custodian at various schools in the area, a skill set I still find valuable today. One day, while emptying a few barrels of middle school waste product, I noticed a large movie screen that was being thrown away. As it turned out, it was being disposed of because it no longer zipped back up like a venetian blind when it was tugged on. “Hey,” I said to myself, “That’s a great big white painting surface!”