Ainan has always looked at the world in his
own way. One of these ways, is a little uncanny.
When Ainan is out and about, he has the
habit of pointing at the written script around him – for instance, the sign on
a health centre: “That is Trajan”, he says, naming the font used. Or in a
restaurant, he will pick up a menu and observe: “That is Palatino Linotype”.
Everywhere he looks, he sees not just words, but fonts. In a day, he will name
many different fonts, as he notes them in the world around him.
He did this, recently, in the company of a
noted artist, who was a guest lecturer at an event we attended. He was very
surprised when Ainan noted that the font used on a book he had published, was Gill
“How do you know that?”, asked the
“Oh, he is a prodigy.” My wife answered, intervening,
with a shrug, as if that was explanation enough. Ainan himself was silent on
the matter – as usual, never commenting on himself, in company.
What I find most interesting about this is
what it says about Ainan’s visual perception and visual memory. He is able to
identify a huge number of fonts – indeed, any font he has ever seen, and learnt
the name of – at a single glance. This suggests that he retains an accurate image
of each letter used in the fonts and is able to discriminate the often subtle differences
between fonts, with a very rapid glance. He has had no training in typography,
or lessons of any kind – but has simply picked up these discriminations on his
This phenomenon is just one of many with Ainan,
that show him to be a close observer of the world around him. Of course, this
ability to observe, remember and distinguish is much more useful in other
contexts, than simply labelling the written world in fonts. There are clearly
many practical advantages to such observational skill, which lend themselves
well to many areas of work, and creation. I have a few ideas of how Ainan might
apply this observational skill...but I will leave those for another day.
Written by Valentine Cawley
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