Collecting type specimens leads to the wrong design attitude

joeclark's picture

So says Mark Boulton:

When I was in uni­ver­sity, I sent off for every type spe­ci­men sheet I could get my hands on…. Receiv­ing the can­vas bags stuffed with font sup­ple­ments from T26 was cer­tainly a high­light of my first year. Why? Well, firstly, type sup­ple­ments are nor­mally beau­ti­ful things. They didn’t neces­sar­ily make me look at type any dif­fer­ently, but they made me want to col­lect type…. [I]t’s a mind­set that leads to a shal­low under­stand­ing of the broader craft. You get dis­trac­ted by the next beau­ti­ful typeface. You’re con­stantly on the search for the typeface that is just right. Font choice is not the most import­ant decision you make when design­ing with type.

PublishingMojo's picture

Now you tell me!

nina's picture

Yeah, and in boldface no less.

Jackson's picture

Stop sniping my eBay bids!!!

joeclark's picture

Give us BLOCKQUOTE and we won’t have to approximate.

Joe Clark

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