Newsletter 161 – July 2010

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Number 161 – July 2010 – ISSN 1470-1863

Arts, Culture, and Technology as seen from
the digital hub of Media city Manchester UK

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#### Special issue on graphic design ####

0— GCSE Coursework Handbook – new publication

Get ready for new GCSE and A level coursework over
the summer and in September.

Students and teachers can download a new handbook
which is a guide through GCSE coursework.

1. Download the book
2. Read the guidance
3. Fill in templates
4. Successful coursework!

Can be used for any subject, and re-printed
as many times as you wish. Download it here:

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0— Pub Quiz Question #1

In which city is the Galleries Lafayette department store?

0— The Writer who Couldn’t Read

During the thirty years or more that I have
taught writing skills, one of the hardest
concepts to get across to students is the
idea that learning to speak a language and
write a language are two different things.

Here is a variation on that same theme – the
case of a man who suddenly lost the ability
to read, but who could still write. It’s
fascinating stuff.

redbtn The Writer Who Couldn’t Read

0— Pub quiz – Question #2

Of which country is the Indus the principal river?

0— Alexander Rodchenko – Design

Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) was one of the most
influential artists who emerged from the explosion
of Russian modernism which took place between 1915
and 1923.

This slim but beautifully stylish production has an
introductory essay, and all the illustrative material
is fully referenced. Even the cover design is taken
from Rodchenko’s work. It’s from a 1923 poster
advertising Zebra biscuits.

redbtn Alexander Rodchenko: Design

0— Pub quiz – Question #3

Which two countries does the Gulf of Bothnia separate?

0— Pub Quiz Goes On Line! – new feature

The Pub Quiz is such a popular feature of this
newsletter that we’ve put a version on line.

Our new site features interactive quizzes at
four different levels – Easy, Medium, Difficult,
and Genius.

Spelling – General Knowledge – Famous Authors
Famous Buildings – Famous Paintings – Grammar

Your total score is calculated automatically.

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0— Pub quiz – Question #4

What is the state capital of California?

0— E.McKnight Kauffer – Design

Edward Kauffer (the McKnight was added later) was an
American artist from a relatively poor background who
compensated for a lonely childhood by his interest
in drawing and art.

He migrated to Europe and became a dominant influence
in the 1920s and 1930s, producing some of the iconic
posters for London Underground. This is another short
but elegantly produced survey of his work.

redbtn E. McKnight Kauffer: Design

0— Pub quiz – Question #5

Who wrote the tune ‘Stardust’?

0— The History of the Typewriter

Hilarious yet very clever video giving an
account of typewriters from the sounds they make.

It’s the work of actor and stand-up comic
Michael Winslow who used to star in Police
Academy. You can hardly believe anyone would
know so much *detail*.

redbtn The History of the Typewriter

0— Pub quiz – Question #6

What nationality was the composer Bela Bartok?

0— El Lissitzky – Design

El Lissitzky (1890-1941) was one of the pioneers of the
modernist movement in Russian art which flourished in
the period 1915-1925. He was one of the most graphically
radical of his era, and worked with Mark Chagall, Kasimir
Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko.

He’s best known for his propaganda posters, such as
‘Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge!’. Classy stuff.

redbtn El Lissitzky: Design

0— Pub Quiz – Question #7

Socle, tester, and truckle are types of what?

0— Happy Birthday Penguin Books!

They’re 75 years old this year.

There’s an excellent book by Phil Baines that
illustrates the history of their cover designs…

redbtn Penguin by Design

and it’s so good that graphic designer Joe Kral was
inspired by the book to start his own Flikr collection

redbtn Penguin Covers

0— Pub Quiz – Question #8

What is the official language of Malta?

0— Censored Fiction – an essay

The Fine Books summer quarterly is in the mail
this week, and its July e-letter is now online.

A feature from the print issue on Olympia Press
(original publishers of ‘Lolita’, ‘The N.a.k.e.d Lunch’,
and ‘Plexus’, among others) is fully readable online,
as well as their monthly auction report and other
stories from the world of book collecting. Enjoy!

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0— Pub Quiz – Question 9#

In which film did Orson Wells play Harry Lime?

0— ‘Dot.Font: Talking about Fonts’ – f.r.e.e book

I’ve written before about authors selling books
by giving their work away. How does this work?

They make PDF versions available as f.r.e.e
downloads on a web site.

If you’ve ever started reading an interesting
book on screen, you’ll know that the first thing
you want is a printed copy to hold in your hands.

John Berry is a respected writer on typography
and design. He used to be an editor and wrote a
regular column for U&lc – an influential journal.

The articles were packaged into two very stylish
print publications some years ago. Now he’s giving
them a second life by giving away the PDF version.

This is the full review at Mantex –

redbtn dot-font: talking about fonts

And here’s the download at dot-font –

redbtn Free copy for download

0— Pub Quiz – Question #10

Which welsh county does not have a coastline?

0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS

#1 In which city is the Galleries Lafayette department store?
ANSWER: Paris

#2 Of which country is the Indus the principal river?
ANSWER: Pakistan

#3 Which two countries does the Gulf of Bothnia separate?
ANSWER: Sweden and Finland

#4 What is the state capital of California?
ANSWER: Sacramento

#5 Who wrote the tune ‘Stardust’?
ANSWER: Hoagy Charmichael

#6 What nationality was the composer Bela Bartok?
ANSWER: Hungarian

#7 Socle, tester, and truckle are types of what?
ANSWER: Bed

#8 What is the official language of Malta?
ANSWER: English

#9 In which film did Orson Wells play Harry Lime?
ANSWER: The Third Man

#10 Which welsh county does not have a coastline?
ANSWER: Powys

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