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My super-cool two weeks

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I have had the wonderful pleasure of working at the Supercool studio for the past couple of weeks and would just like to say a big thank you to Katie and James for being so helpful and inspiring.

Being set lots of quick briefs has been great practice for me – in just two weeks (that really did fly by so fast), I’ve covered new design approaches and have added new values to my branding vocabulary.

I have learned a great deal about what it takes to be a great graphic designer and my time at Supercool has done nothing but fuel my drive to become part of the creative community even more.   

With a stack more work to add to my portfolio and a new wealth of knowledge (though, I am sad to leave!), I feel really prepared for my final year at BIAD and more confident about entering the design industry as a professional.

So, thank you again to Supercool!

What the @*#&!?

No, I’m not swearing; simply being informative and educational ...

You see, the fairly common practice of using various grammatical characters and/or punctuation marks to indicate words that have a rather, ahem, ‘blue’ meaning, actually has a name. Yes, @*#&! is an example of a grawlix and although it’s not yet been OED certified as an honest-to-goodness, bona fide, allowable-in-Scrabble word, surely it’s only a matter of time?

In the meantime though, the Wikitionary definition of grawlix is: “A string of typographical symbols used (especially in comic strips) to represent an obscenity or swearword.” So there you are!

My thanks to the %#£@@ing* geniuses that are Hoefler & Frere-Jones for educating me on this most interesting of typographical matters.



The German letter Eszett (ß - pronounced like an ‘s’) has been officially accepted as an alphabet figure by the International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO).

According to an article on the Guardian’s website, Germany’s typographers are anticipating that, following this new recognition, the Eszett is likely to make a bit of a comeback. It may already have started - a whole issue of the German signographer’s publication Signa, was recently devoted to the letter.

It made me think - I’d quite like another English letter to play around with. So, is there anything we need a letter for that’d help make our lives better ...?

(By the way, the title of this post is supposed to read ‘Typography News’ in German. If it’s wrong, blame Babel Fish!)