Easy one-line question: What the hell happened to Andy Crewdson?

joeclark's picture

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Stephen Coles's picture

Where do we find out John is Andy's dad? You got some inside info, Si?

Si_Daniels's picture

Andy did a summer as an Intern working for me - he mentioned his father was a writer with one or more of the big papers – so I’m 95% certain John is his dad. But I could be wrong. I'm not much of a cyber stalker I'm afraid.

Si_Daniels's picture

Here goes...

This article http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/12_02_97/story05.htm reports that Andy attended Walt Whitman High School, but not which high school :-), but given the location of the NIH it's likely the one in Bethesda, Maryland - where according to this bio http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/authors/64/2341/index.html John and his family live. Now how can I fit in Kevin Bacon?

bieler's picture

The last time I heard from Andy he was going back to school.

I think he was involved somewhat with the letterpress configuration of the proprietary face for Arion Press, and I think he mentioned some involvement with the Yale Carter typeface.

But those are a couple/few years back already. And I'm not sure if he was involved or not or whatever happened to him.

But in his short period of influence he changed us all. When grunge/post-modernism/de-constructionism/etc ruled the roost he brought us back common-sensically to the nuts and bolts of typography. We owe him a great debt.


kentlew's picture

Andy did some work on a digital revival of Oxford (working with Linnea Lundquist) for some project at the Arion Press a couple years back. I tried contacting him several months ago using updated info I got from Chuck Creesy at Princeton University Press. But I received no reply from Andy. Last I heard, he was living in Bethesda, working for a publisher of some sort, I believe.

-- K.

AndrewSipe's picture

Not to reveal my ignorance, but is Andy Crewdson the Type equivalent of Chuck Norris or Bill Brasky?

Mark Simonson's picture

Lines & Splines was one of the first type-related website I was aware of. Definitely the first type-related blog. (An earlier incarnation of David Earl's Typographer.org was around then, too, but I didn't know about it yet.) My recollection is that Typophile and Typographica appeared as Lines & Splines disappeared.

Here is what it looked like in February 2001:

(I did this screen cap when Andy posted a link to an article I had just posted on my site, which is also how I found out about Lines & Splines. It was the first I'd heard of Joe Clark, too. Hi, Joe!)

Miss Tiffany's picture

At one point I realized how much I wanted to hang on to what he was saying and so I made a PDF of the entire site. It really was a great resource.

Edit (23/1/11): I'm no longer sharing this PDF
Edit (07/2/13): …out of respect for Andy Crewdson. Please don’t ask. Thank you for your understanding.

HaleyFiege's picture

Can I have a copy of that pdf?

AndrewSipe's picture

Oh, me too. It would help me understand the late great Andy Crewdson, may he live in peace.

scruggsdesign's picture

I’m reading all this great stuff about how wonderful Andy and his Lines & Splines site were and this is my first time hearing about both. It does indeed sound like a great resource and if you are willing to share (and think it’s ok), I’d be interested in a copy of the PDF as well.

ebensorkin's picture

Hmmmm! Likewise!

russellm's picture

what Eben, scruggsdesign & Hailey said.


dezcom's picture

Here is yet another "me too", Tiff.


ebensorkin's picture

Tiff, sorry if I started an avalanche! Maybe I should email her & let her know about this thread.

Chris Rugen's picture

::raises hand::

Count me in.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Hmm. Wow. Email me off-list and I'll see if I can find it for you.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Sorry if I'm confused — is Andy amongst us yet, or…

And I would like to see what that site was all about.

. . .
Bert Vanderveen BNO

jonb's picture

Hey all, I just got here from a Google search. I used to know Andy in middle school and for a year in high school before I was kicked out. Here's what I know:

1. He was sort of a spaz in middle school. (not that I had a better reputation) He was sort of an over-active, pull girls' pigtails, don't-quite-fit-in type. When I found Lines & Splines I was amazed at how mature and brilliant his writing was compared to how I remembered him acting in person most of the time.

2. He grew up in Bethesda, MD.

3. He and I were in a group of probably less than 10 people on BBSes in Pyle Middle school in 1991. I remember asking him if he had a "Focke's List" for that month and when he realized I was a BBSer, he got really serious and intense. He asked if I was on any "elite BBSes" but I didn't yet know what those were. I lamely replied that I was an The Elite Few, which was a policy/politics debate BBS in Washington DC. It was like being asked your favorite action movie and saying "I only watch PBS." He was not impressed, but later I think we shared some BBS numbers with each other. It was strange seeing him talk about computers because he went from low on the totem pole socially to having a commanding presence. He wasn't a spaz when he talked about computers.

4. When Lines and Splines became the most respected blog on the planet (I remember thinking he was late to the game but it just didn't matter because he was so amazing) I wrote him an email telling him we went to middle school together. He wrote right back. When I explained who I was, he stopped writing.

I don't expect to see him make his presence known in the same way again. Maybe he'll write a book.

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