Adding a new blog category?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/01/21 23:01 -05:00, original URI:

I have been asked by a few people in email why I don't have a fonts or typography category.

I have actually been resistant to that, since although the area frankly fascinates the hell out of me, my lack of expertise on some of the important basics about the non-programming aspects about typography has given me pause.

I know I can't really compare with actual typoraphy experts, and I did not want to seem disrespectful.

The tack I take with the analagous situation regarding linguistics (i.e. making fun of my own delusions of linguistic aptitude) seemed inappropriate since I have no delusions about having any kind of typographical expertise. I have none, and Barney Rubble would be able to produce higher quality OpenType fonts than I....

Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Is such a category one that would be sensible and/or useful for the random posts that do touch upon fonts?

# Blake Handler on 21 Jan 2006 11:32 PM:

Why blog about something that you're not comfortable with -- when there's already a great MSDN "Font" blog?

# Michael S. Kaplan on 21 Jan 2006 11:49 PM:

Well, there is nothing I have posted already or plan to post that I am not comfortable with -- an a lot of what I have blogged about in the past does touch on issues with using fonts.

So this category would not spur additional content, it would be to categorize what is happening anyway.

I am not trying to compete with fontblog (nor would they have any worries if I were; I lack their expertise!).

# Serge Wautier on 22 Jan 2006 1:51 PM:

I'm not really interested in fonts and typography. Hence I'm not expecting such posts. Now this maybe a consequence of my total lack of knowledge in these areas and I might suddenly found them fascinating if you started to write about it. Who knows...

Anyway, up to you.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 22 Jan 2006 4:32 PM:

Hi Serge -- heh, I hear what you are saying. Of course whether posts about font linking/fallback are interesting in a separate issue from general typography issues, right? :-)

# Serge Wautier on 23 Jan 2006 9:07 AM:


Now you're confusing me ;-)
I suggest you write a post about whether font fallback/linking is a typography issue (I let you choose the category).
Oops, sorry, this is not the suggestion box :-D

# Michael S. Kaplan on 23 Jan 2006 10:07 AM:

A typography issue? Who can say for sure.

Certainly its a font issue. :-)

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2006/06/06 Is this the Über-font post? No, but it is the teaser for it!

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