If something isn’t relatable, how can we establish inclusion? By listening to learn. Our usual MO is to listen to fix or listen to win. In the former, we are being efficient — diagnosing a situation to quickly solve a problem. In the latter, we may be set in getting our way, convinced of our rationale and rectitude. In listening to learn, however, we remain open and curious, setting aside preconceived notions and assumptions to gain new perspectives. Since listening to learn isn’t the default mode for most of us, nor as goal-oriented as the other styles of listening, it requires our best intention and effort. However, the payoff is great, as the unknown becomes less mysterious and potentially more relatable, and our perspectives that much broader.
You don’t need “impact” typefaces to make interesting typographic choices
Pin-Up magazine is set entirely in Arial, and it’s an interesting constraint which forces designers to create drama and interest in other compositional ways. Try limiting yourself to stodgier typefaces for a while and see if you’ve been using eccentric designs as a crutch, compensating for a lack of creativity in other aspects of typesetting.