- The law of good design decrees against the use of more than two or three typefaces per publication.
- Fonts designed to look hand-written usually turn out unconvincing because the freely drawn characters are the same every time.
- The skills of calligraphy and illumination are underrepresented.
I love fonts! They fill me with happiness. I used to spend many hours quite regularly basking like a shark - throat open wide for free fonts. There are hundreds for every situation and mood and hundreds more that will never be useful but are always so delicious and enticing. A long trawl would always lead to a new collection and time wasted with pleasure.
In recent years I discovered the rules above and entered a subtle process of repression. I became a closet font fan, shying away from sharing my love of computer typefaces for fear that people will disapprove or simply won't understand.
Last week the box was opened when, making a poster for a Christmas dinner, I found the exact point at which an orgasm of different typefaces is acceptable. I was set free and printed out a tidy notice
and it was called
The Prince of Posters!
What was I worrying about?