I haven’t the fonts you know…
There was a time in history when fonts plural meant: one font is 12-point Times New Roman, and the other font is 72-point Times New Roman. Oh that it were as simple in these times! In the last 30 years or maybe even more years, those two fonts have exploded into what must be at least 5,000 fonts. You might say, the fonts have been the result of a font of creativity.
That font of creativity included many different cultures, nationalities, brainwaves, genders. When looking up the how’s and why’s of font creativity in Wikipedia, one finds up to 500 hits displayed. Here is a piece of what we can learn from those hits.
We can find out about the Greek Font Society, which is “quite prolific in the creation of new fonts.” Be on the look-out for their next release. Also, we’ll be watching to see if Kris Holmess, who created the Lucida Grande font, which is the system font for Apple Computer’s OSX Operating System, moves further into the intrigue that is Apple.
I would guess you probably haven’t heard of the Open Font Library (OFLB), “a project devoted to hosting, and encouraging the creation of fonts released under Free Licenses.” The “creation” and “released under Free Licenses” brings us to the GPL font exception clause (or GPL+FE, for short), which “is an optional clause within the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) permitting digital fonts shared with that license to be embedded within a digital document file without requiring the document itself to also be shared with GPL.”
And now, since the last several sentences didn’t provide enough fodder for our brains to wrestle, we get into the more advanced technological themes behind fonts. For instance, METATYPE1 is a tool for creating Type 1 fonts using METAPOST. With the focus on the Internet, let’s look up the two search strings, “internet fonts” and “web fonts” in Reference.com. Hmm…We get two very different sets of hits. Even the ads and Related Topics are dissimilar.
Talking in the dissimilar vein, another Wikipedia hit tells us that “[t]he total cost for the creation of the font in St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (Washington, DC) was $125.”
And this font hath now come to the exhaustion of its muse. Feel free to be a font with your own research