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Type Quotes #6

“When these giant extended families are further mutated by electronic re-shaping, we end up with typefaces which are to typography what kidney-shaped tables and brass edging were to interior design and architecture during the 1950s.”

Erik Spiekermann, on the Computers’ ability to interpolate. Rhyme & Reason: A Typographic Novel, p. 115.

P. S.: I don’t think he was referring to super families like Thesis, as much as he was attacking automatic creation systems like Metafont? Or should I say Meatafont… Sorry, although couldn’t resist this typographic pun, I detected a faint criticism to the creation of more than eight weights per face. Manually, or automatically. And I have to agree.