Saturday, September 17, 2005

Are we becoming font snobs?

In the interest of getting you to talk to me -I'm going to do something I RARELY do online (I like to keep up the illusion that I am a nice guy) -I am going to DELIBERATELY bring up a controversial topic...

I'd like to know your unabashed feelings about my recent post at:

"My point is not that FOG is better than x, y or z BUT that we must not enhance a certain caste mentality of what it takes to be a typographer and how glad we are to be using only the best tool."

In all the talk of which is the better tool -let’s not forget our pedigree! And let’s not belabor new typographers with this extra burden which only serves to stifle their creativity as they listen to us debate the issue."

"I would hate to think that a newbie would worry over which tool before he/she begins a work of art. Let them not be encumbered by our advice until they have their feet wet in forming the glyphs and especially spacing them."

" If FOG is for amateurs then what is so wrong with that? Must they perform Python scripting and digital signatures before they are even out of diapers?"

"Perhaps FOG can continue to serve as the doorway for the timid, introspective creative types who don’t want to be told it has to be done a cetain way with only certain software?"

Soooo... what's it gonna be???

Contrary opinions are invited and totally welcome!

Jimmy G.
Der FontMeister