Typography Reference/Study Guide


I realized I just didn't have that kind of time to learn the ins and outs of D3. I do have a project that has been on the back burner for quite some time and I've been itching to finish it (or at least launch a 1.0 version).

typecards is a personal project that I originally thought up over a year ago. I'm almost entirely self taught in dev and design, and I was studying typography at the time. One of the issues I had was remembering all the terms for anatomy, typesetting, etc, and though I had some books and even a giant type anatomy poster, I wanted something easy to access that I could search or use as flashcards. Last summer I hacked together a quick demo in a day, it's still up as the preview on typecardsapp.com and over the next few months attempted to work out the kinks.

Unfortunately my JS skills were quite lacking at the time, so it didn't take long for me to get stuck and frustrated. Every few months I've come back to it and worked a little, but I'd get stuck again and quit. Between this class and a few other things, I got inspired to hack on it again and spent a few nights the last week fixing some of the issues and adding some features that I've wanted.

It's not quite done yet, but take a look at beta.typecardsapp.com on any modern browser and you can check it out. I finished scripting some of the touch events tonight and I'll hopefully have the search and a few settings done by the end of the week. Feel free to shoot me feedback, my twitter handle is jimmynotjim.

Jeff, thanks for a great class. You filled in a lot of the holes that I had from teaching myself. This class was definitely worth the $20 or so price.

**Old Project**

I've always been interested in mapping and data visualization and the City of Boston has created some great tools with open data perfect for querying. I hope to craft a story about the most recent winter storm and how the city and it's residents reacted to it. I've already begun digging into the Open311 API and it's intersting to see which neighborhoods had the most requests and for what. I've also looked into possibly adding NOAA data to outline when and where the storm came from and the timing of the snowfall and winds.

I've started a really rough mapping from a quick query here http://jsfiddle.net/jimmynotjim/X2NDp/embedded/result/ Took a bit of fooling around w/ the API and redirecting it through my own server due to it not supporting JSONP. Hopefully (though I doubt it) visualization frameworks like D3 will be easier to get working.


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