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Old 03-28-2005, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default Guide to typeface selection

Cameron Moll has written an article on a timely topic: “The non-typographer’s guide to practical typeface selection.” In fact, some of his comments could be thought-provoking for anyone who uses type — typographer or not.

Found the link on the Microsoft Typography site (which also has a short note about our move from CIS to here). The MS site keeps a pretty good list of news items about fonts, typographic events, and news.

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Old 03-28-2005, 02:25 PM   #2
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Thanks, there is always something new to learn.
Cameron Moll sounds like an intresting type (no pun intended).
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Old 03-28-2005, 02:44 PM   #3
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Cameron Moll sounds like an intresting type (no pun intended).
Yes — he does. Has some good ideas in the article, too.

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Old 03-29-2005, 02:11 PM   #4
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I'm so glad you started this thread! I've been meaning to post about a font selection website mentioned in the March issue of PC Graphics Report - http://pcgraphicsreport.com/ .

See:
http://www.will-harris.com/esperfonto/

It's interesting and I think might be useful--particularly if you know your fonts as it doesn't display the actual font faces...

I'm curious what you think of it...

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Old 03-29-2005, 05:43 PM   #5
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Daniel Will-Harris and I go way back. Unfortunately, I do not have much faith in his typographic advice.

So I think I will simply not comment. :-(

   
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And I just discovered last week that DWH apparently knows and did the site design for Brian Stokes Mitchell, an actor/singer that my 5 year old aspiring actor wanted to know more about after hearing him singing "Through Heaven's Eyes" in Spielberg's animated movie Prince of Egypt.

Ben asked me to find a picture of BSM on line and Google's image search pulled up something at the site above. When I went exploring it took me a few minutes, but I finally noticed that part of it was housed at DWH's site.

   
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>>kt: Unfortunately, I do not have much faith in his typographic advice.

Ahhh...well...I asked...'-}}

I would find it a more useful site if there were font specimens because my experience is somewhat limited and I don't know a font just by name...

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I would find it a more useful site if there were font specimens because my experience is somewhat limited and I don't know a font just by name...
Making illustrations is time-consuming, especially as first you have to figure out what you want to do.

It is also an investment that pays off better in print — subtle detail is not the web’s strong suit.

   
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Daniel Will-Harris and I go way back. Unfortunately, I do not have much faith in his typographic advice. So I think I will simply not comment. :-(
Your non-comment was comment enough.

While you may question my advice, around 150,000 people a month trust it. www.will-harris.com and www.esperfonto.com are two of the web's most popular sites about typography.

Matthew Carter seems fine with it, too: I wrote "TypeStyle, how to choose and use type," in association with Bistream while Carter was there.

I created and wrote the "Using Type" column in Personal Publishing--the column I handed over to you when I became too busy with design work.

And you will find some of my typographic work in MoMA.

I may disagree with you, but notice I have not written anything negative about my faith in your typographic advice. Maybe it's because I believe that a great deal of typography is subjective, that there are no "good" or "bad" typefaces, just faces used "appropriately" or "inappropriately."

In this case, I think your comment was inappropriate.

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Daniel:

I think your comment was inappropriate

Having read your interesting, but occasionally unorthodox, views on typesetting, it is hardly surprising that KT's opinion on your typographic advice is, at the best, that it is good in parts. I was myself somewhat disconcerted to learn that you think the en-dash was hardly used these days to indicate ranges (as in, for example, ‘January 6–17'); you must be reading quite different printed matter from me. And, if you'll forgive me, in writing about ligatures, you show perhaps a common US attitude to languages other than English: the 'fi' and 'fl' ligatures are not the most important in some lanuages that use latin script.

So continue to express your views on typography, but allow that others might not agree with those of them that appear controversial—and to say so.

   
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