About Hyphenation

Despite what you may think, this is not a blog about grammar…

The use of hyphenation performs 2 different tasks;

Firstly, hyphenation is the act of connecting two ordinarily separate words into a single word to modify the meaning of them both in order to clarify.
a man-eating shark is a shark that eats humans.
a man eating shark is a man who is eating shark meat.

Secondly, hyphenation is routinely used to avoid unsightly spacing in justified texts.

These two uses show that a Hyphen is used, not only for content & clarity but also form & aesthetics. These two abilities are primarily what I work with in my day to day life as a graphic//web designer. Therefore I named my design blog Hyphenation and the logomark is derived from the original hyphen invented for use on the Gutenberg press which appear as a short, double line inclined to the right at a 60-degree angle. This is a visual reference to graphic design. The double slash also predominates in web design as it is used in the http:// of all URL’s.

Gutenberg hyphen

Image of a page printed by the gutenberg press


The Hyphenation Logomark is based on the gutenberg press hyphen shown above