Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lithos vs. Papyrus

Hello. My name is Jan and I’m a font snob.

Last night, while designing this year’s Christmas card:

Sinead: Is that the Egyptian font?
Me: Papyrus?
Sinead: Yeah, that one.
Me: Hell no. This is Lithos.
Sinead: Just making sure.

Closer to the point, I have this violent reaction against Papyrus (no offense to Chris Costello, who obviously hit a home run with it). I used to think it gorgeous, but now I’m just sick of it … mostly because it is too distinctive to be used as often as it is. Its the first thing that any amateur designer tries now that it’s a default font on both Windows and Mac, yet it still managed to sneak into several respectable corporate logos and (gasp) the best sci-fi movie of the year. But now Sinead is tired of me pointing it out everwhere we go, like, every street we walk down, or town we drive through, or every nice restaurant that uses it on a menu. Earlier yesterday I was making fun of the photographer we’re hiring for our wedding for using it on his brochure. I’ll spare you the full brunt of my rant, but I’ve found many kindred spirits on the web.

Later last night, I think I amazed Sinead.

Me: In three years I fully expect everyone in the world to be using Lithos, and I fully expect to be sick of it. I mean, Copperplate was cool in ‘96, and I used it on the first Dekana website, but by 2000 I was listening to Ian moan about how he hated it because it was overused. I mean, really. It was 2000 when I used Papyrus on my Christmas letter! Now it’s just … just …

Sinead: [breaking her shit laughing] OH MY GOD. Mainstream? I had friends in secondary who were like that about bands, and you’re like that about fonts! “I like their early stuff. Before they sold out …” Do you like Goth fonts?

Ah, yes, my other half, my conscience. I suppose I am just the little junior high schooler trying to be hip and cutting edge. Well, anyway, for now, I’ll stick to Lithos. It’s, like, totally rad.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Well, for those of you wondering why I fell off the planet for the last month or so, I can finally talk about it. Here it is:

> ZazzleStamps

And here are a few of the better articles about us:

> SJ Mercury News: Zazzle lets you put your stamp on snail mail
> Information Week: Early Google Investors Mine For More Gold At Zazzle
> Business Week: Why Zazzle Dazzles John Doerr

Friday, July 15, 2005


4:12am … leaving Zazzle in Palo Alto after a momentous code push (you won’t see too much difference today … it was a lot of DB work … but you can hit the design flows without logging in now) … on the Embarcadero Road entrance ramp to the 101 South … my odometer made the giant leap from 99,999 to 100,000. My dear Yoda. My little green Golf. One hundred thousand miles of driving up and down and around the San Francisco Bay since March 2001. We’ve been through major releases at Cisco, eBay, and now Zazzle together. We’ll get through a few more…

Monday, June 27, 2005

she said yes

The woman I love, bubbling with happiness as we drove back down Mount Hamilton, waking up the family in Ireland with the news … by the third telling the evening had taken on a life of its own:

Ah it was grand! there was celtic music and a science lecture seen through the big telescope and stars and your man was from Mayo and knew Michael Joe ‘Ruddy’. Then we were outside, BRILLIANT view of San Jose … Jan told me he loved me and asked me and I said ‘yes’ and he made me the happiest girl in the world.

Sinead, we’ve now seen one full cycle of the heavens together, and seen how wonderful it can be. Here’s to many … many more …

Saturday, March 05, 2005

they last they last

i *love* this band. what a fantastic show wednesday night.


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Hiking Dominica's Peaks

(thanks, Jason)

Fun article about Dominica in the Carribean, where Arv went to school. Jason and I went to visit him down there back in December 2000, and we did most of the stuff mentioned here in the article.

Visibility was awful the day we did the Boiling Lake hike, but it was still fantastic … lush mountainous rainforest giving way to volcanic hotsprings and finally ending at the edge of the Boiling Lake …

And snorkeling through the bubbles at Champagne Beach is pretty amazing.

> The New York Times > Travel > Hiking Dominica’s Peaks