You’re typing this awesome paragraph for a class. Your fingers are punching the keys seamlessly — only to be interrupted by the need of a certain symbol. You know the basic punctuation marks, but you’re in need of something more unique like the copyright (©) symbol. Depending on your program, you may have to go through drop down menus, a glyph palette or you may need to copy and paste; you then resume typing. “What an interruption to my flow...” you may think. Well, this handy punctuation fan deck removes this “interruption” with the convenience of teaching you how to type that unique glyph right in the palm of your hand.
Why was it made?
I’ll admit, I created this glyph for personal reasons. I wasn’t always the best writer when it came to grammar. I still have problems to this day, but I am not ashamed, I may just have to perform more revisions. I began noticing a few glyphs that I commonly misused so I decided to look them up and understand when they should be used, how they should be used, and how they could be used to better my workflow. I later decided to share this tool with others who may share this similar struggle when writing. It is with this thought, that I’ve crafted this tool that is elegant, visually appealing, and more importantly, informative.
I realize $20,000 is a fairly large amount, but it is what I would need to produce solid fan decks for other users. Having a degree in architecture prior to this left me with the mantra: “measure twice, cut once.” I believe in printing locally which at times is more costly, but in the end, the final product will be well-worth the investment. In that regard, I’ve done an immense amount of research to ensure the costs are as low as possible, while still retaining the project’s integrity and high-quality standards. The fan decks will be printed at the highly regarded Henry + Co. print shop in Atlanta, GA.
Print & Digital
I’m a firm believer in books and being able to turn pages; you don’t have to be concerned about breaking a book should it fall off your table. The ease in checking for different glyphs at a moment’s notice prompted me to create a fan deck that allows for an easy view. However, I’m not opposed to a digital presence as it can be a great tool for today’s education. Each glyph deck contains a QR code linking to the website. You can always check to verify you’re using the glyph correctly without always having the fan deck nearby. This creates a win-win for the print user and the digital user. **You must purchase a deck to gain access to the website**
Production & Distribution
Each Glyphs & Co. fan deck is hand-made: from the tangerine orange cover case to the drill holes for the screw-post. Indeed, it may be time consuming, but as previously stated, it is the mark of the integrity and high quality we value and that we know you will value as well. The result is knowing what an at-sign (@) is actually called.
This deck was designed to be ergonomically friendly and fit in your hands. Being under 9 inches in length and 2 inches in height. This deck, consisting of 42 different glyphs can easily fit in your book bag or purse.
Risks and challenges
Dropping off 500+ decks to the post office should transpire smoothly. I’ll be sure to capture the moment as they cut menacing eyes in my direction. If all runs smoothly, the deck should be in your possession before the fall semester has concluded.
The biggest challenge for this project will be keeping the production of the fan decks on schedule. I want to insure each deck reaches your front door in the fastest and safest manner possible. Taking note to multiple stories of publications gone wrong, I recognize having a smaller first print can help alleviate those risks.
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