I heard a report on NPR about the new Google-Adobe font that will be available for the major Asian languages. Ken Lunde, who wrote “CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese Computing” which has been one of my most turned-to books, My ears pricked up while listening to Marketplace on Monday when Kai Ryssdal has a brief segment that announced a new font that Google and Adobe collaboration on that will make Asian text more consistent. See “New Google-Adobe font makes Asian scripts consistent, and that’s a big deal.” I really like fonts,Asian languages andI contracted at Aldus before Adobe bought them in the late 1980’s shipping products  like PageMaker 3.02 for Japanese and PageMaker 4.0. I focused on high-end printers at the time.

All that reminded me of a book I bought years and years ago, “日本字デザイン” published in 1958. I was fascinated by application of Western typography design to traditional kanji. Here are a few select pages of this book.


Although I am super busy, I enjoy working with my hands in my garden or arts and crafts projects. I made this mini album feature costumes I made for my son Isaac from preschool through eighth grade. I went through the Apparel Design and Construction program at Seattle Central Community College in the 1980s, interned at The Intiman Theater, and worked in local theaters here and there before sensible taking a job as a software tester. I did not put my skills to waste: Isaac has the best costumes of any child!

Front & back of the mini album.

Isaac as a teddy bear just before his 2nd birthday and as Abu a year later.

A cute Pierrot and his infamous “princess” costume with a tiara and wand. I cleverly designed it to come apart into an elf outfit, but his preschool teacher reassured me at least one other boy was a princess that year.

A Power Ranger followed by a big, bad Beetleborg. Boys.

Then into the save ninja space, followed by a super elaborate Charizard costume. He won many prizes in 1999.

A dragon and then a knight. He was really into Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is where I learned to spray paint gray knit sweaters with silver paint for armor.

Then another dragon costume, followed by Captain Jack Sparrow. I had a lot of fun with the pirate outfit, although the tricorn was a modified store-bought item.

The last costume in middle school was Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. Ngila Dickson had been a favorite designer of mine since her Xena, Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. A book on the costumes had details on all the layers of the outfit, so I faithfully followed the original design. Isaac even fit my hand-made black leather lace-up boots that year.