Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

My interest in typefaces

My interest in typefaces began when I was a teenager and borrowing science fiction books from the public library. Some of these books were printed in Electra and said so. I was fascinated by the comma. Later, hanging out in the press office of Mercer County Community College, as part of the South Brunswick High School ‘delay the expense of building more high school by not having the children be in it’ program, I saw charts of Futura on the wall. These things stuck in my head, as did watching the graphic artist (who of course had no computer, but paper and scissors and stuff like that).

Move forward to the late 1980s, and I discover first troff and then TeX, and so digital fonts and laser printing. The rest is just how the interest would evolve, and to what degree the chronic pain and other medical problems would get in the way (for instance around 2000 when I had to abandon a project for which I had gotten Adobe Garamond and Optima, because of the pain, and stayed away from font work until the mid 2000s).

(Footnote: The italic of Electra is called ‘Electra Cursive’ because the ‘italic’ of Electra was a sloped roman that is not included with digital versions. The ‘cursive’ was added by popular demand early on.)

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