At 12:04 PM -0400 8/17/01, Gunnar Swanson wrote:
>Grasshopper, er, Hrant,
>> > 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
>They are not opposite forces that need to be balanced in some
>Cartesian scheme, like money and coke on some dealer's beam scale.
>They are aspects that make up a whole. Yin and Yang, not Cold War
There are few human-made things in the world as beautiful as really well made tools, which are designed with utility as the topmost concern.
Some of my greatest admiration goes to the aesthetics of really well designed bicycles, which are wonderfully composed balances of competing utilitarian needs.
I would say that about 90% of what we think of as modernism in design comes directly from this kind of aesthetic appreciation of "the machine."
Oscar Wilde said:
"Everything ugly is the result of an attempt to make something beautiful.
Everything beautiful is the result of an attempt to make something useful."