This Globe article about local font designer David Berlow is sort of interesting. Maybe worth 20 seconds of your life. But it’s ultimately kind of disappointing.
Why does the lede assume you don’t know what a font is? (”Unless you’re in the design or publishing industry, David Berlow won’t bother explaining his line of work to you.”) I mean, honest to goodnes, it’s 2008, chances are, if you’re living in the US, you have used a computer, and if you’ve used a computer in 2008, you probably know what a font is, even many may quibble with the exact definition. And you have Steve Jobs’s short stint at Reed College to thank for it.
For my 2 cents, The Boston Globe is due for some kind of feature on local typography superstar Matthew Carter, designer of many many digital fonts including Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma, and Rainy Planet fave, New Century Schoolbook.