Punctuation matters: See how novels look without words

  It’s an author’s words, rather than their punctuation, that we think of as defining their style. But as Adam J. Calhoun found out this week, the periods, colons, semicolons, and commas a writer uses can have just as much impact on their output as their choice of language. In a Medium post, Calhoun stripped […]

Unfinished story … how the ellipsis arrived in English literature

“This was a brilliant innovation,” she writes in Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission, a history of the use of dots, dashes and asterisks to mark a silence of some kind, which has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Read the full story here

From grotesque to quirky: a history of Berlin told through U-Bahn typography

The quirky station signs at Berlin’s 81 listed subway stations are as easy to overlook on a first visit as they are hard to ignore once one has developed an eye for them. Each font spells out its own history of the city. If the U8’s avant-garde modernism seems a good fit for the graphic […]