What is the future of Type Specimens? Are they still used or is it a dying art?

What is the future of Type specimens? are people still designing type specimens to go in emails or to be delivered on the door step? Whats the future of Printed Type specimens? are they of any use to type setters any more?

Karl Stange's picture

In print I think it depends on quality; the difference between something that is merely promotional vs. something that has been created to really show off what the typeface is, how and where it could be used. Underware's publications are a great example of the latter, I am also a big fan of House Industries' promotional specimens and associated products. I think FontFont's FF Mark web site is probably a good indication of what specimens have become and will continue to evolve as...

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