Comic Sans, a Tale of Design vs Usage

Check out this interview with Vincent Connare, typographer and former Microsoft employee, aka: The Comic Sans Guy. He makes a compelling argument for Comic Sans, and an also brings up an excellent point about the usage of anything designed:

Type should do exactly what it’s intended to do. That’s why I’m proud of Comic Sans. It was for novice computer users and it succeeded with that market. People use it inappropriately: if they don’t understand how type works, it won’t have any power or meaning to them. I once heard a guy at a Rothko show say: “I could have done that.” He clearly doesn’t know anything about art. He’ll probably use Comic Sans without realising it’s wrong in certain circumstances.

– via The Guardian (h/t to the Paris Review Daily)

Gentrification vs Placemaking

Gentrification is bad, but placemaking is good. Except when placemaking results in gentrification, which it usually does. Turns out the way that cities change is really complicated, and this article scrapes the surface of that complexity. If only we could reduce the whole convoluted process down to a convenient paragraph we could recite to strangers when drunk at parties.

– via Arch Daily