I was going to write a snarky comment to point out how dumb that remark was, but then I remembered that I would've only wrote a text. It takes thousands of Apple employees, Internet service provider engineers, and chair makers to enable me to write a comment.
Also Gutenberg, hieroglyphs, cuneiform scripts, chimpanzees, and everything in between to enable me to write a comment.
Also millions years of human evolution to think of one.
Wow... This guy is a total douchebag.
I don't think he meant it in a mean-spirited way, exactly. Erik has always been a little bit different. And he's 70 now, so there's that.
You're right. I'm being too fast at judging him. It's hard to read someone's tone in writing, and more when it's not their first language.
Erik has always been a bit of a playful asshole who is very peculiar and specific about the industry that he's in. If a group of designers (male or female) are standing around discussing the specifics of a piece and someone misuses a typographic term, Erik is most likely the one who would point it out without thinking about it. He's a self-described nerd who I believe impulsively will correct anyone's usage of industry terms. If you've ever seen an interview with him it could be clear he's a bit odd socially, but not mean-spirited.
That is what happened here. Not mansplaining, not misogyny—just a peculiar man who can often come across as an asshole, coming across as an asshole.
I'm someone who years ago would correct someone's usage of the word font, when they meant to say typeface. Or at least I believed they should be saying typeface instead of font in that situation. I learned to not care and let it go. I think Erik never reached that point, and it's still in his nature to correct word usage, especially as it relates to his industry.
Are misogyny and mansplaining rampant on social media? Yes. Is this an occurrence of it which should be held high as an example? I do not believe so.
Not mansplaining, not misogyny—just a peculiar man who can often come across as an asshole, coming across as an asshole
In a comment earlier I mentioned that I backed out of the teen vogue article retweeted by Laura, the author of the book - as soon as I read the word "mansplaining"... You've articulated my feeling really well.
Writing a book is such a huge endeavour. Well done, Laura. :)
I’m all for criticism where appropriate, but I don’t see much benefit in Erik’s nitpick. Who says “I wrote a text”, anyway?
I would love to know how this fiasco made its way to her.
He apologized multiple times.
And the original author, Emily, has encouraged people to stop hating on him:
Her name is Laura.
Laura is hardly encouraging people to stop hating on him.. She retweeted this: https://twitter.com/TeenVogue/status/899302537249128451
Nothing wrong with a bit of hustle
Quite - and frankly if J.K Rowling had weighed in on your behalf - who wouldn't do a bit of retweeting? :)
At the end of this article there's something about them resolving things ;)
As soon as I got to the word "Mansplains" I rolled my eyes and backed out.
You want a tap on the back for that, champ?
You're being just as snarky / condescending as the teen vogue article
I'd love to hear more about that.
Nicholas Burroughs said it really well in his comment:
I backed out immediately because it just seemed to pander to those looking for a reason to be hateful
How ignorant. Nice to see a JK Rowling elbow drop!
This is such a nonevent, I can't believe this is such a hot DN topic. What an incredible benign exchange.
Actually his name is not "Speikerman", its "Spiekermann"…
I see what you did there. Assuming you did it intentionally. haha
It's 2017, people still tweet?
Yeah, there's that guy named Donald something-or-other...
What did the original say? Looks like it was deleted.
Yeah I'm wondering the same thing. Seems to have disappeared?
"On Friday, designer Laura Kalbag announced on Twitter that her first book was about to come out, Mashable reports. "If you missed it: I’ve written a book! It’s coming out very soon, sign up to get it first," she wrote. Then, in one of the most technical, nitpicky corrections we've ever seen, designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann replied, "Actually, you wrote a text. It took a few other people and skills to make that into a book."
I'm really hoping his comment was tongue in cheek.
After reading the replies to other tweets you just see him dig deeper and deeper.
The sad reality of twitter is you get to see a lot of successful people for what they really are.
So good to see JK stepping in. Not that she needed to.
It's gotta be great publicity for the book too.