JUST MY TYPE

Scottish Field - - YOUR LETTERS -

Some sixty years ago, when learn­ing my ty­po­graph­i­cal trade as a young ap­pren­tice com­pos­i­tor with the Glas­gow Her­ald (now The Her­ald) in Buchanan Street, Glas­gow, I was oc­ca­sion­ally in­volved with a se­nior jour­ney­man in mi­nor aspects of the de­sign of a story line for your mag­a­zine.

Since, at my age, I now firmly be­lieve in con­ci­sion, I am able to say with full con­vic­tion that at that mo­ment in time – in­deed at any mo­ment in time – mix­ing type face sizes, which you res­o­lutely do in your sub-head­ings, would have been (and should be to­day) se­verely frowned upon. I be­lieve that ty­po­graph­i­cal cred­i­bil­ity and en­hance­ment will be achieved by sim­ply ditch­ing this style.

Also, I have no­ticed cer­tain in­con­sis­ten­cies in the use of type­faces. For in­stance, in The End of Nowhere in your April is­sue Linda McCart­ney’s name is en­hanced, while on in the same fea­ture Sir Ge­orge Tay­lor’s is not.

De­spite all of those quib­bles, I ap­plaud you in your edit­ing of this fine pub­li­ca­tion. Robert Wilkie, Glas­gow

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