Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Form and style, when driving

Most of the time, when I am driving behind a vehicle with a large overhang – lumber sticking out, a crane, or today the backhoe end of a construction tractor, I find it hard to keep a safe distance. It feels better to tighten up the space, so the inter-character counter-form is a clean, consumable shape, instead of this gaping void. Someday, this will presumably kill me.

3 comments:

John Bossert said...

This humor of this post is in how totally I get what you mean. How hard it is to stay a good distance from such things, how much better it feels to be close, etc.

When I'm behind a vehicle that has ridiculously long lumber or re-bar or something hanging off the back, I actually have to fight the urge to tuck the hood of my car up UNDER the crap hanging off the back of the vehicle in front of me.

Weirdly true.

iamyou said...

What is inter-character counter-form?

shoobe01 said...

Counters (or counter-forms) are explained in the second image here:
http://www.defensereview.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1022

I sort of made up the term (there may be a real one that communicates the same concept) for the space between characters. For type, negative space is a counter, so it makes sense to me.