Like a great many people, PG hadn’t spent much time thinking about fonts until he acquired his first laser printer. This was in the glory days of WordPerfect (RIP) and a person who wanted fonts other than Courier had to download them into the printer at the beginning of the day if the printer had been turned off overnight. (Somehow, it didn’t seem right back then to have a device consuming electricity when no one was around. You turned off the lights when you left the office, didn’t you? So why would you leave a computer running without someone pounding the keyboard? To be clear, PG never collected string.)
This was a Depression Era of font poverty. You only had a few fonts and used them sparingly so they wouldn’t wear out.
But that changed. Fonts boomed.
Windows made it very easy to collect fonts and PG has some he installed a long time ago and hasn’t used since. However these fonts haven’t disappeared, but have traveled from computer to computer like displaced persons, waiting to be rediscovered.
This font post was triggered by an email PG received this morning that described a font as “a gregarious slab serif design.”
This started PG on a generally useless train of thought – What makes a font “gregarious”?
PG has never heard the sounds of a font party emanating from behind the little cooling fins on his computer. He’s never had to summon the police to put a stop to an overly-loud group of drunken fonts singing beneath his desk.
In PG’s experience, fonts are probably the ultimate introverts. Of course you can change the size of each font, but even when greatly enlarged, fonts are gentle giants and try to avoid treading on their smaller brothers and sisters. (Do fonts have gender? If so do some fonts suffer from gender discrimination? Does PG need to acknowledge trans-gender fonts in some way?)
With “gregarious slab serifs”, it is clear fonts must each have some sort of personality.
PG is going to search for Prudent Lawyer fonts to see what he can find. Or maybe Gregarious Prudent Lawyer might be a better choice.