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FUSE was mostly relevant in the late 1980s and early 1990s as an experimental venue for playing with digital type. Only a handful of FUSE fonts became commercially successful -- which was not the aim of the project, but such a measure can in some ways help discern the historical relevance of the work produced. Some of the FUSE work is interesting for its own sake, which clearly helped broaden the possibilities of type design by throwing out the rules and inventing new and interesting forms and visual ideas. On the other end of the spectrum, some FUSE fonts could be more accurately called dingbats where no clear connection between the forms and letters exists.
FUSE as a phenomenon, along with the work of other early digital foundries, such as Emigre, that defined the early foray into the era of digital type.