2010 in review: The year in fonts
Some of them were fanciful …
… while others were clean and spare …
A couple felt nostalgic …
… while two others were decidedly hand-drawn and modern:
But what struck me about the top fonts, as a collection, was how positive and optimistic they all seemed. There wasn’t a single grunge or distressed font among the lot.
I started wondering: To what degree do typefaces reflect a society’s mood? Is there a direct, measurable correlation between current events and our visual representation of language?
I found evidence of a course at Cuyamaca College that posed that very question, but I wasn’t able to find any large-scale sociological studies. (Maybe because interpreting the “personality” of a font is too subjective, and thus not quantifiable?)
In any case, my curiosity is piqued. I can hardly wait to see what the top fonts of 2011 will say about the year, in hindsight.
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