A little bit of typography for the day. Serifs are the little extra bits of line on a character (e.g. the downward ticks on this letter “T”). They’ve been around for thousands of years, yet the origin is not entirely agreed on. Today we continue to use serifs, but we also don’t agree on why or […]
The origin of reading can be traced back to the invention of writing (through the 4th millenium BC). But it surprises some that reading silently was not always common. Reading silently is such a new concept that the earliest known mention of silent reading comes from St. Augustine’s Confessions in 398 AD.
When telegrams were the accepted and most common form of efficient communication, individuals were often charged by the word. In 1891, an English journal put forward the following competition in relation to this fact: There were 450 competitors for the prize offered by an English journal for the longest twelve word telegram, and the winner […]