Saving Typeface

At a recent typography conference, participants raised concerns about the future of their field. Some pre-conference thoughts:

“The future of type is the same as football: everyone does it, and even more people have an opinion about it. Only a few make a living out of it, and some of these are very good,” says designer, educator, typographer Petr van Blokland while when Design Week posed the question to Erik Spiekermann, he responded “You might as well ask “What is the future of mankind?”. Why could anybody ask such a general and unspecific question? I’ll still answer it. The future of type is the past of type: visual language. As long as we speak and write, we’ll have type. Different voices, different messages, different media: different type.”