M/C – Media and Culture
is proud to present issue six in volume six of the award-winning
‘text’- Edited by Catriona Mills & Matt Soar
Our everyday lives are suffused with textual encounters – in the letterforms that come together to provide newspaper reading: subway, washroom and street signage; directions for taking medicine; film titles and webpages; bus tickets and advertisements, etc. How, then, does the construction and arrangement of letterforms imply security, friendliness, or menace?
‘Text’examines the critical space that bridges the distance between Beatrice Warde’s suggestion, in 1932, that the book typographer’s task involved absolute transparency and Leslie Savan’s argument, in 1976, that recognisable typography brings with it a sense of familiarity and technological security. Between these positions lies a whole realm of artefacts and encounters that beg critical analysis, and it is these phenomena that constitute the theme for this issue of M/C Journal.