The Emotions of Fonts
I remember overseeing a department of communications for a while. It was fun and informative, giving me insight into how concepts become articles and images, all designed to convey meaning. This was many years ago, but I remember watching the manager load some new software from Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop and commenting on how many floppy discs the upgrade took. In the process of this upgrade he showed me the book of fonts. A book! So many fonts, most about which I had never heard. I made the mistake of commenting why he needed so many fonts because for the next hour I had to hear a lecture on the nature and emotive aspects of fonts. It was interesting, but an hour? Regardless I have always viewed fonts differently from that day on. And now it is your turn. Here is a small article on the history of fonts. It is an interesting read, really it is a chart to look at rather than read, but look at it nonetheless.
The last font, Papyrus, is much reviled in many parts of the communication world, but I like it. But I also like Comic Sans as well which makes me something slightly lower than pond scum. Understand that these are but a few of the thousand(s) of fonts out there. Next time you read a paper or magazine, or look at a poster note the font or fonts and ask, “Why them?” Most likely there was a reason.