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Comments (2) Posted 12.16.03 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Jessica Helfand

A Blog Poem, Part I


Designers Develop
Distinctive Dementia
Denying Dear Debts Due
Descendants now Dead;
Doubt and Denial,
(Dada? Or de Stijl?)
Design Does Defile
Damned Discourse, instead.

Distrustful Detractors
(And Dear benefactors)
Disciples Discharged by
Disgrace or Dismay;
Delaunay and Duchamp
Delacroix (Muschamp?)
Designers Dare toil
the hours away.

DaVinci, De Kooning
(Girardi cartooning)
Delightful, Delicious,
Delovely, Detached;
Dexterity Derailed
For Downloads that retail for
Dollars and Dollars
Of monies mismatched.

Documentation
(eternal Damnation!)
Design Desperation
Dickensian Dash;
Distracted by Distance
Denying resistance
Developing Dapper,
Deceptive panache.

Despite Deconstruction
Determining function
Designers do Decorate,
Detail and Draw;
Database Driven, the
Die-hards (God Love 'em!)
Don Duotones, Deeming:
DESIGN IS THE LAW!
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As my hero Ernie sang:

Dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, doggy;
Dee-dee, dangerous dragon;
Dee-dee, dee-dee, donkey, duckie,
Dinosaur.

Oh, dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dee-dee, dinner;
Dee-dee, dee-dee, de-licious;
Dee-dee, dee-dee, dee, don't drop dishes
Down on the floor.

Oh, do a dance.
Dig some dirt.
Dunk a doughnut for dessert.
Draw a daisy that's dee-de-lightful to see.
When "D" is handy, it's fine and dandy.

Dee, dee-dee, dee,
"D" is such a very nice letter.
Each day I like it better,
That lovely letter called "D!"

Draw a daisy that's dee, de-lightful to see.
When "D" is handy, it's fine and dandy.

Dee, dee-dee, dee,
"D" is such a very nice letter.
Each day I like it better,
That lovely letter called "D,"
Dee-dee, dee, having fun,
But now I'm dee, dee, dee, done!
Steve Portigal
12.16.03 at 11:38

I once made the list below, which tries to show the caps of a font in a fun way. It rhymes the last names of font personalities with a word that sort of relates to the person. Can you figure out all the "jokes"? (Some of them are pretty weak, though.)

Aicher's Bunkers
Caflisch's Dervishes
Excoffon's Francophones
Goudy's Hotties
Igarashi's Jabberwockies
Kis's Luscious
Mandel's Nouvelles
Ovink's Probings
Quay's Rays
Sassoun's Typhoons
Unger's Vectors
Weingart's X-heights
Yarmola's Zamboucas

hhp
Hrant
09.30.04 at 04:21


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Jessica Helfand, a founding editor of Design Observer, is an award-winning graphic designer and writer and a former contributing editor and columnist for Print, Communications Arts and Eye magazines. A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a recent laureate of the Art Director's Hall of Fame, Helfand received her B.A. and her M.F.A. from Yale University where she has taught since 1994.
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BOOKS BY Jessica Helfand

Scrapbooks: An American History
Yale University Press, 2008

Reinventing the Wheel
Winterhouse Editions, 2002

Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture
Winterhouse Editions, 2001

Looking Closer 3
Allworth Press, 1999

Paul Rand: American Modernist
winterhouse Editions, 1998

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