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Subject: Ultimately, designers are to blame (was Re: Kernus)
From: James Montalbano <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:TYPO-L Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 7 Mar 1998 15:56:21 -0500
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>In view of this there is no reason to get depressed, as, despite some
>contradicting appearances, Joe Public is getting gradually more clever
>these days; not to say that he or his kids may even have become DTPists
>on their own and learned quite a few things. Good spacing is becoming a
>must.

I have to disagree with you here. Good spacing is getting harder and harder
to find. The problem may be with Joe or Jane Public doing a minor DTP
project, but Joe and Jane are not creating the professional materials we
see in the marketplace. No, designers are to blame. Either they have no
sensitivity to the typographic aspects of their work, or more likely, now
that they have to do it themselves, that mediocre spacing is just fine with
them. After all they cant call the type shop on the phone and bitch and
moan about the bad kerning and demand that it be done over as a PE with no
additional charge. You only hear type people bemoan the poor spacing that
is everywhere, you rarly hear graphic designers discuss it.

James Montalbano
Terminal Design, Inc.

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