Fonts: A world I didn’t know existed . . .

I would read the “Note on the Font” blurb in the back of a novel now and then, and get a glimpse into the craft of the designers; but not until I searched online did I realize what gargantuan icebergs are submerged beneath those outcrops.

From a current post on a font blog:

“With Quiosco, Cyrus Highsmith continues an examination of themes and possibilities which he first explored in Prensa, inspired by the work of W. A. Dwiggins — specifically a dynamic tension between inner and outer contours. However, the crackling, electrical energy of Prensa here gives way to a more fluid, mercurial muscularity in Quiosco.”

Fluid, mercurial muscularity — it does remind me of a description of wine.

And so Paulo takes his fonts very seriously in White Cedar Press (p. 144):

I read the next description:

     Tholian font delivers both clarity and enduring charisma. Efficient weighting and conservative widths highlight the functional ornamentation.

“Tholian. Wasn’t that something in an old Star Trek episode?” I asked.
“I am afraid I have not watched this program, my friend,” Paulo said.


I raise my glass to the toiling font designers out there.


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