Chris Houston wrote:
% Patrick TJ McPhee:
% > Sean Cavanaugh wrote:
% > % The sub-title of her essay is also flawed, reducing the analogy that
% > % follows almost to a non sequitur: "Printing should be invisible," she
% > % states. Whaaa? Transparent, mayyyybe, but *invisible*? I don't think
% > % It's no more invisible than is her beloved crystal goblet. At some
% point we
% > % all notice the glass. Otherwise, let's just drink straight from the
% > % then!
% > But if you drink straight from the bottle, you can't see the wine.
% Exactly. The point of the wine is not to look at, but to drink. The
% container is there to look at, be that a Crystal Goblet, a green glass
% bottle or a dirty coffee mug.
Not to a connoiseur, which was what Warde was talking about. The reason a
perfectly clear glass is preferable to, for instance, a beautiful gold,
jewel-encrusted goblet with a picture of a rabbit at the bottom is that
the glass allows you to see the colour of the wine. This is one of the
most important things to a wine connoiseur. Warde's point is that good
typography, by her definition, shows off the text to its best advantage.
Patrick TJ McPhee
East York Canada
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