Kern Your Enthusiasm (Intro)

August 1, 2014


HILOBROW is thrilled to announce a new series of posts: KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM. We’ve invited 25 of our favorite writers and thinkers to take a close look at their favorite (or least favorite) typefaces.

For the next twenty-five days, HILOBROW will publish one post per day: Matthew Battles on ALDINE ITALIC | Adam McGovern on DATA 70 | Sherri Wasserman on TORONTO SUBWAY | Sarah Werner on JOHNSTON’S “HAMLET” | Douglas Wolk on TODD KLONE | Mark Kingwell on GILL SANS | Joe Alterio on AKZIDENZ-GROTESK | Suzanne Fischer on CALIFORNIA BRAILLE | Gary Panter on SHE’S NOT THERE | Deb Chachra on FAUX DEVANAGARI | Peggy Nelson on FUTURA | Tom Nealon on JENSON’S ROMAN | Rob Walker on SAVANNAH SIGN | Tony Leone on TRADE GOTHIC BOLD CONDENSED NO. 20 | Chika Azuma on KUMON WORKSHEET | Chris Spurgeon on ELECTRONIC DISPLAY | Amanda French on DIPLOMA REGULAR | Steve Price on SCREAM QUEEN | Alissa Walker on CHICAGO | Helene Silverman on CHINESE SHIPPING BOX | Tim Spencer on SHATTER | Jessamyn West on COMIC SANS | Whitney Trettien on WILKINS’S REAL CHARACTER | Cintra Wilson on HERMÈS vs. HOTDOG | Jacob Covey on GOTHAM.

KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM is a follow-up to the 2011 series KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (about Jack Kirby comic-book panels), the 2012 series KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM (about Captain Kirk scenes), and the 2013 series HERC YOUR ENTHUSIASM (about old-school hip hop tracks).

KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM begins today! HiLobrow editor Joshua Glenn invites you to spread the word about the series — the index page for which is — and to leave comments on the series’ individual posts.

What do you think?

  1. Not sure why comments closed on Tony’s entry the same day it went up, so I’ll just praise here the dialogue he defines between Trade No. 20’s decisive stance and the confidence (to be both brave and good-natured) that it seems to dramatize in its formative midcentury lifespan.

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