Times New Roman is not as bad as you think it is

I have, of late, grown a fondness towards Times New Roman. Perhaps it is the bibliophile in me — although a lot of imprints these days too are letting go of the Times family for preppier alternatives like Garamond and Palatino.

Contrary to popular belief, Times New Roman is not a classical typeface like, say, the very Swiss, very classic Helvetica — another personal favorite of mine — or even the slightly more modern Helvetica Neue or its grandfather, Akzidenz Grotesk.

But to truly appreciate Times New Roman (TNR henceforth for simplicity) we will have to understand a little bit about its history, and that story begins in the 1930s. Continue reading

How the phrase “Ha ha!” originated

[dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]E HAVE USED the phrase so often that it is quite clichéd; and yet hardly any funny quip goes by without receiving a “Ha ha!” (Or several “Ha has” if you will.)

How many times have we really wondered where that expression came from, or why we use it? It was one of the seemingly trivial questions I often asked myself but never quite got around to finding a convincing answer. I still have not, to be frank, but in this article I intend to explain an extremely plausible reason.

[notice type=”red”]All opinions expressed in this article, including, but not limited to, theories, explorations and opinions, are the author’s own and are neither affiliated with any external sources nor are derivatives of other sources. Continue reading

7 Principles of minimalism in web design (Infographic)

HERE’S MY LATEST infographic detailing 7 principles commonly followed in minimalist web designs. For the most part, these 7 principles may be applied to offline work too.

This time I stuck to a more serious tone, but not one that would sound all that lacking in lightness. More updates soon; until then do send me your thoughts!

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Telltale Pre-production Day 2: Screenplay Finalisation and Music Composition

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This is part two of the reports on my second short film, ‘Telltale,’ inspired by Poe’s ‘The Telltale Heart.’ Follow the link at the end to read the next/previous reports.
TODAY WE ENTER the final day of pre-production. With Raghul returning to shoot and the Telltale filming beginning tomorrow, I have taken it upon myself to have one last look at the script, and finalise that and the music composition (lietmotif only) for the film. Continue reading

Telltale Pre-production Day 1: Location Scouting & Poster Release

YESTERDAY WAS DAY one of pre-production for my upcoming short film, Telltale. The story is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart. It is the story of one man’s guilt and how it comes back to haunt him, but let us keep summaries and plot points for another day.

At regular intervals I will be posting updates here, small reports, on how our film is coming out, based on schedule, well ahead or a little late. Either way, I intend to make sure you get the news and stay with us right from pre-production (today) through production up to post-production! Continue reading

From Love to Bingo in 873 photographs: Getty Images

Patient research work involving more than 5 thousand photographs resulted in a minute-long film that AlmapBBDO created to advertise Getty Images, the world leading image database for creating and distributing visual contents. The film is surprising when showing 873 images in 15 images per second, sufficient speed to transform the series into a video that, without any text, tells a beautiful story. All photos, without any exceptions, are from the Getty Images archives.

[blockquote]The concept [is that] anybody is capable of telling any story they want only using their [Getty Images] archives[/blockquote]

Copywriter Sophie Schoenburg and art director Marcus Kotlhar worked 6 months researching images, improving the script and building each scene so they would not only be understood, but would also touch viewers. Continue reading