What the artist said about words and writers
In the good olden days, before comparatively instant typesetting, it was necessary to count text to see how much space it would fill in the design. Barney said he could recognize the writing styles of various writers by doing character counts. He said he’d noticed different worders had different rhythms, that was reflected in the lengths of their sentences and paragraphs. Not that it was particularly important, he said, but was an interesting insight into writerly ways. That insight of course is now encoded – and historians can check out who wrote what in Deuteronomy 6:3 – 16.