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Old 11-12-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default Typotheque 2006 diary

Today I received my 2006 diary/sketchbook from Typotheque, designed by type and graphic designer Peter Bilak. It is about the same size as last year’s (20 X 30.5 X 2.5 picas; 85 X 130 X 100 mm), stitched, good paper, very pretty. Chinese red cover.

Changes this year: small pale images of Dürer’s constructed roman letters on the last pair of pages instead of a character showing of the designer’s Fedra typeface; and a ribbon bookmark (unfortunately, hand-taped to one of the Dürer pages, right on top of a character). The cover is attached to the first and last sheets by about twice the depth of last year (about half an inch), which is annoying, but mostly only on front and back endpapers.

The year is picked out by round holes on the cover; unfortunately, one of the holes allows some type on the inside cover to show. Tsk. <g> And the edges of the pages are not tinted as they were last year; the tint is practical, as it keeps the edges from looking too grubby as the book is used.

But much is the same. There are about 60 gridded drawing pages (with various types and sizes of grid) bound into the back of the book. And as before, the dates are still listed European style (14.6) instead of unambiguously (14 June). And I just took out the bookmark, as I use a small sticky note at the top to show the current week and that works well for me. I also use a rubberband to keep the book closed in my handbag; last year I found an orange one that matched the edges of the pages — have to find a new one to go with this year’s red cover.

Even with all my little gripes, I really like this book. It has just enough room to enter my appointments, fits neatly into a pocket in my handbag (or a pocket on a jacket), has lovely paper that lets me write with a fountain pen (or ballpoint, for that matter), and it is attractive — unlike almost all others.

   
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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the designer’s Fedra typeface

Fedra has the P in circle: did you mention that in the other thread?

Quite a nice diary for the price—only 234 left after I had ordered mine. The total price in Europe was €20.33 (I've just received the receipt).

   
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Fedra has the P in circle: did you mention that in the other thread?
No — didn’t think of it. Very compartmentalized brain, I guess! <g> It also has, perhaps even more unusually, circle-U (for kosher).

Fedra looks very interesting (based on specimens, at least).

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Quite a nice diary for the price—only 234 left after I had ordered mine. The total price in Europe was €20.33 (I've just received the receipt).
My receipt says €12.50 (but shipping for that and one other book was €12.80)! That’s okay; it looks good and suits my purposes — even if I do have to mark the dates intelligibly on most of the pages! And it came really fast.

   
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Old 11-12-2005, 03:43 PM   #4
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didn’t think of it

For the circle-P I suppose that you'd have to go to a relatively recent font, such as Cardo 2000 (free), which is seriffed. But, of course, Arial Unicode (also free) has that too, but that font certainly needs sub-setting.

If I saw a circle-U I'd think it was the old U-certificate.

Unfortunately, I had to pay the Dutch VAT rate (19%) on both the diary and the postage.

   
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Unfortunately, I had to pay the Dutch VAT rate (19%) on both the diary and the postage.
Does that mean you actually paid more than I did?

If so, I swoon!

   
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you actually paid more than I did?

I don't think so: I paid €12.50 for the diary, €5.95 for 'shipping' (i.e. packing & postage), and €1.88 VAT, total €20.33.

Why do you call the diary an 'agenda'?

   
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I don't think so: I paid €12.50 for the diary, €5.95 for 'shipping' (i.e. packing & postage), and €1.88 VAT, total €20.33.

Why do you call the diary an 'agenda'?
Dunno. Just do, sometimes. Am I alone in that?

   
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Am I alone in that?

I don't know—you might have 250 million US-Americans supporting you. In England, the Latin 'agenda' are only the things to be done at a meeting, though a lot of people think it's the name of the paper they're written on (agenda is the plural of agendum). I suppose it's quite logical to call the things in your diary that you plan to do the 'agenda', though we English only write down the things we've actually done (and pretend in one's memoirs that they were planned).

   
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I don't know—you might have 250 million US-Americans supporting you. In England, the Latin 'agenda' are only the things to be done at a meeting,...
My usage agrees with yours. Perhaps KT's is unique to the east coast or New England.

   
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My usage agrees with yours. Perhaps KT's is unique to the east coast or New England.
Well, phooey. Maybe I am not only unique but wrong.

No, actually, I know I am not unique: I have bought these calendar books in France labeled ‘agenda’ — but it doesn’t seem reasonable to persist.

I’ll edit the thread title to use the term used by Typotheque (which also seems problematical to me, but never mind!) and put everyone out of this particular misery!


   
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