Six Degrees of Stephen Coles

Jared Benson's picture

In our growing mission to deify Stephen Coles (and to prove he has successfully positioned himself in the center of the typographic universe), does anyone care to play a round of Typographic Degrees of Separation?

Here's an easy one to get started: Connect Stephen Coles to a font named "Superduper" in five (5) steps or less.

beejay's picture

one of many sites with an overview on Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

http://www-distance.syr.edu/bacon.html

hrant's picture

Do I have to be it to start one?

hhp

beejay's picture

is this open for everyone?

beejay's picture

1. The guy in the photo, Akiem Helmling, won a prize at the 2001 bukva:raz! type design competition.
2. Lars Bergquist won a prize at the 2001 bukva:raz! type design competition.
3. Lars Bergquist has a half dozen typefaces that are sold through PsyOps.
4. RXC is the founder of PsyOps.

i smell a technicality coming...

hrant's picture

Let me, please!!

hhp

beejay's picture

Go ahead Hrant. You must have a difficult one.

hrant's picture

Connect a French mathematician/philosopher to a lumberjack in four (4) steps.

Notes:
1) The steps are indeed all directly type/graphic_design-related.
2) I'll give a clue at 4:15 PST if nobody has it.

hhp

hrant's picture

Hint:
Step 3 was "in the news" 3 days ago.

hhp

cheshiredave's picture

Hmmm...

1. Rene Font has the same name as Rene Descartes.

2. Rene Font is published by URW

3. URW also publishes URW Wood Type.

4. Wood type fonts were originally made of wood, which is cut down by a lumberjack.

Wasn't it, probably, but it's a shot nonetheless.

beejay's picture

start with Pascal...???

end with Excoffon, who once worked as a lumberjack.**

beejay's picture

**just kidding about Excoffon.

What news? Real news...or, uh, type news?

hrant's picture

Dave, that's pretty creative! Although to me step 3 would be too much of a stretch (just like BJ's step 2 to Stephen's one). But I guess if nobody gets it for real by 4:30 PST you're it.

BJ:
1) Good start.
2) John Butler's news.

hhp

beejay's picture

French math == pascal

pascal font from Jose Mendoza Almeida

Student of Almeida was Thierry Puyfoulhoux,

Thierry cut logs to get through college.

bj

hrant's picture

Almost there!

1) Pascal was designed by Jose Mendoza y Almeida.
2) Thierry Puyfoulhoux was a student of Mendoza at the Imprimerie Nationale.
3) Puyfoulhoux revived a Cassandre font.
4) The work which launched Cassandre's poster career was "Bucheron" = lumberjack.

--

I think BJ is it after all!

hhp

beejay's picture

Okay, I'll come up with one...lemme see...un momento por favor.

beejay's picture

Connect a book publisher, Mitchell Kennerley, with the number 666.

bj

yes, Hrant has the inside track on this one. Won't be back online until tonight to post an answer.

johnbutler's picture

Bezier was a French mathematician, no?

beejay's picture

one hint: famous designers, famous columns...

I'll post the answer in a few hours.

bj

bieler's picture

Well, I can see this place has turned completely recreational, once again. How long did that take? Can you guess that in six? Can anyone point me to a serious list on typography and type design? Signing out.

beejay's picture

Jared -- on the right track. Perhaps do a search here (at typophile) for Person 666.


Goudy is the correct first link.

Look at the names of Goudy's typefaces, too.

bj

beejay's picture

1. Kennerly > Goudy
2. Goudy > typeface Goudy Trajan
3. Trajan by Carol Twombly.
4. Twombly's Trajan > in the Linotype library
5. Maral > in the Linotype library
6. Maral is a typeface from Hrant Papazian, Person No. 666 at Myfonts.com


bj

porky's picture

Something a little trickier, I think.

Connect Stephen Coles to the marvellous drinking hole, Vrankrijk ( http://www.vrankrijk.org/ ).

:-)

hrant's picture

Oh, BJ, you <i>remembered<i>! :-)
BTW, Laurence Penney assures me it was a coincidence... Yeah, right. ;-)

hhp

kentlew's picture

>Connect a French mathematician/philosopher to a lumberjack in four (4) steps.

I'm a little late to the party, but . . . Hrant, how's this for an alternate route:

1) Ren

John Hudson's picture

Oh, well done Kent: bonus marks to anyone who knows Ren

hrant's picture

Kent, that's great!
Have we given up on David's? :-(

hhp

hrant's picture

So David, what's the connection??

And is Kent next?

hhp

beejay's picture

Porky -- a quick google on Vrankrijk left me stranded here.

www.punk.nu/nosex/

Look at the catchy song titles.

We're writhing in agony already. Throw us a bone.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Too easy Jared.

1_ Stephen co-founded Typographica

2_ One of Stephen's cohorts at Typographica is Patric King.

3_ Patric King designed Apocalipstick

4_ Apocalipstick is distributed through Thirstype.

5_ Thirstype also distributes Superduper.

Jared Benson's picture

The winner was Joe, who successfully proved the relationship. BJ, you were close, but you were missing some basic steps (ie. mentioning Typographica)

sorry, but "good friend of" isn't a strong enough connection.

Joe, you're up! Make the next challenge.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Here's a harder one:

Connect the typeface Officina with the former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne in 5 steps.

Stephen Coles's picture

I can do it in 4, I think.

1. Officina was designed by Erik Spiekermann
2. Spiekermann founded FontShop
3. FontShop created the photo stock collection FStop
4. David Byrne has photos in the FStop collection

I bet there's another set of steps that works here too.
Something with Tibor Kalman and Talking Heads or so.

BTW, I may be somewhere near the "center of the
typographic universe" but I have no control of it
whatsoever. I am ducking and taking cover while I
watch everything fly by.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Nice. Stephen, you're it!

Stephen Coles's picture

Yes, Hrant. You have to answer this one correctly...

Connect RXC to the man in this photo in fewer than 6 steps.

Stephen Coles's picture

Hehe. No, that is excellent, BJ. I was thinking of a much
more obscure chain:

1. RXC is the founder of PsyOps.
2. PsyOps sells fonts by Tomi Haaparanta.
3. Haaparanta is a Finnish type designer.
4. Helmling and Underware just held a type workshop
in Finland last year.

Stephen Coles's picture

Hahah! It's Hrant as a little kid!

Joe Pemberton's picture

Does this have anything to do with Monty Python?

Give us something tangible to start with?

Jared Benson's picture

Here goes nothing....

1. Mitchell Kennerley commissioned Frederic Goudy to create "Kennerley Oldstyle"

2. Goudy also designed "Deepdene" for the Lanston Monotype Machine Company.

3. When Simon & Shuster issued their edition of The Bible as Living Literature they used 14pt Deepdene and its italics.

4. The number 666 is found in the Bible.

Jared Benson's picture

Well, I for one am stumped. Do we need to work this one out together? I barely even know where to start.

beejay's picture

Stephen is "partners in type" sorta/kinda with Patric King, who is a good friend of Magnus Rakeng, creator of Superduper.

http://www.melkeveien.no/magnus-rakeng/

1) what do I win 2) did I cheat?

:-)



bj

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