Experiments in typography

Mention something as innocuous as experimental type to traditional typographers and they fly off into a rage. Just check out what the guys hanging out at the well-regarded Typophile website have to say on the subject. They tie themselves into a series of existential knots over the meaning and purpose of experimental type.

"The true meaning of 'experimental' must include an analytical study of results as opposed to an introverted infatuation with mere unorthodox process," says one person in the hotly debated experimental type thread. "I think in experimenting, the process, the finding-out-about-things or the playing-around-without-things, is very much in the foreground," says another.

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