David Lemon & Anahit Deedy (probably just David Lemon, actually, but
this attribution is machine generated and there's not much one can do
about it) wrote:
% > Digital type imitating metal type imitating handwriting is DEAD.
% > Do any typefaces work directly with strokes? Am I wrong?
% There are typefaces instantiated as stroke-based fonts. The only ones I
% know of in current use, however, are for Arabic and Japanese - unless you
% stretch the definition a little and include metafont fonts, although those
% aren't very commonly used either, at least in their native form.
You could go further and say that the commonly used metafont fonts aren't
strictly speaking defined as strokes -- they're more piece-meal outlines.
% In two cases, they changed my opinion about the faces themselves.
% These were Optima (even Zapf barely pulls it off in his well-leaded
% settings) and Perpetua (excellent for titling, but I don't think Gill
% really understood text; those high-waisted lowercase curves are especially
I agree that Optima, while one of my favourite faces, doesn't really work
very well for more than small amounts of text. I don't agree about
Perpetua, though (and I hope you're in the minority, since I'm using it
for something and I don't want everyone to hate me). I find it very readable,
and it gives a nice colour to the page.
Of course, given Gill's background, it wouldn't be surprising if he designed
faces that worked better for titling than for text.
To go back to favourite faces for a minute, my favourite when I want an
extremely unobtrusive text face that nobody will notice is Goudy Old Style.
It's got to be the least quirky typeface of all.
Patrick TJ McPhee
East York Canada
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