Great interview here on the world of Type and general wisdom

Brief takeaways for those wanting a summary from this Allan Haley interview (the interview is way better, but maybe this could be a preview of why to watch).

  • Type design started to democratize in 1985 with the introduction of personal laser printers, Adobe PostScript and some other software.
  • Some fonts that went from machine to photo weren’t done correctly because the original type designers knew the ink would spread (so just copying the machine outlines were too narrow).
  • Type evolved from machine set to photo set to digitally set.
  • Kerning when going to digital was hard with certain fonts (he talks about the effort that MonoType, a print type company, created, where he sort of served as Product Manager for a bit — though he admits it wasn’t his forté). Certain fonts would be hard in that sense if they have very custom kerning.
  • Getting good at type design requires practice and learning
  • The maker movement for types is growing, interesting.
  • It’s good to pay for fonts. Credit the authors, etc. Most people will. The blocker for piracy is mostly just education.
  • Free font sites sometimes want to install things on your computer (why else make fonts free). Some are a way for people to get their fonts out there though.
  • Some classic fonts mentioned: 

Not to be a Monotype acolyte, but pretty cool website:

  • What are the qualities of a good typeface? Charisma and versatility.
  • Problems in font today? Overpopulation. 150,000–200,000 fonts out there.
  • Career advice: do what makes you happy. Follow your bliss. This guy created his own role as a typographic consultant, ombudsman to the design community.
  • Haley has left Monotype, but is continuing to consult. He felt as he got older he was a better fit as a consultant (curious sense of ageism in the tech industry perhaps). But doing a lot of his same responsibilities as before with Monotype.
  • The message is ultimately most important (or at least the focus). A la:
  • Saul Bass on the future of design: “I don’t have a [expletive] idea about the future of design.”
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