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Lee's Better Letters: Journal

Monday, November 5, 2007

Lettering: The Armory's Historiscope

This was a really fun job. I was asked to letter the sides of this device by its' creators, Second Story Interactive Studios. For the unfamiliar, the Armory, built in 1891, was purchased by Portland Center Stage, renovated, and re-opened in 2006 as The Gerding Theater.

In the grand lobby one finds The Historiscope - best described by Second Story themselves:

The Historiscope: A Raree-Show & History of the Armory is a portable peep show cabinet with two viewing portals through which visitors can peer into the Armory's colorful past. Six push buttons start playful mechanically inspired stage show animations that feature highlights from each era; following each show visitors can use the wooden joystick to reveal slides with archival pictures and information. Without any apparent signs of technology, this free-standing unit can be moved to different locations throughout the building.

The lobby is open to the public, and short of going down there and peeping yourself (I've never seen anything like it) the best way to see more, read more and even do a little peeping is at Second Story's Gerding Theater page.

It was really a matter of when to stop with this job. Other than the time constraints involved in a two sided job, I was able to proceed fairly loosely.

Looking through the viewport, the action is captured momentarily with a camera. Like I said, the real experience is worth a trip down there. There's a cafe that bakes sweets in the lobby, and it's a nice little in-town adventure.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


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Thursday, September 13, 2007

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Navigating the Journal Pages


  • New posts each get their own post page, with room for reader comments.
  • While new, posts also appears on the main page, without comments, and the title links to their true home, the post page.
  • With time, posts cycle off the main page into the archives, alongside other posts from the given month, now presented in truncated form to assist searching.
  • Titles in the sidebar link to a post page. The list varies depending on your location.


The link "x comments" below each post opens the "add comment" screen. Previous comments appear there for reference. "Post a comment" occurs after all comments on the post page and acts identically.


The Custom search engine is not flawless. Getting Google to index every page is something of a career these days, but the designer (and your momentary author) has set up a sitemap which automatically updates as pages are added, and hopes Google will do its' part.

If you can't find something with a search, you can either browse the archives or
e-mail your question to Lee from the contact page link.

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