From: Cheryl Addington
> I love Address but find the other faces ornery.
Bold Listing is the only one I really love...
Because my reason for liking this particular
design is its technical prowess.
Those depressions are called "traps", and they help maintain
crisp forms in bad output conditions (like 4 point type printed
on phone book paper). When and to what degree to apply traps is
something that turns me on bigtime (for some reason).
An even greater master at trapping than Carter is Mandel.
In fact, he takes trapping very close to its pure state,
something one might call "reverse radiation":
The back is his outline, the gray the result.
> I am having a hard time justifying the aesthetics
> of a font designed exclusively for utility.
As you should! :-) The two are opposite forces, and need to
be balanced for optimal typographic performance. But in an
extreme case like what BC is intended for, aesthetics gets
almost none of the pie, because it's doing very little of
the work. But functionality has (is?) its own beauty.
Some "grunge" typographers set BC's Bold Listing large
because it looks funky, but ša me fait ni chaud ni froid.
It's really designed for a narrow range of usage, and in
that range it's like a finely crafted wakizashi.