Typophile is (to my knowledge) the largest typographic forum in the world with ~200,000 members. Below are links to threads of interest that I have started, contributed to or simply marked for future reference. If you don’t already, I strongly suggest you create a profile there. It is somewhat somewhat of a custom to use your real name, if not as your screen name, at least in your profile. If you use your real name as your screen name, you tend to get more respect and responses when you do.
Track me at typophile: If you want to keep tabs on all my Typophile activity, not just the selected links below (which are in no specific order).
typophile.com/tracker: A chronological list of all posts from all sections in one place. You won’t find it in the navigation.
Better term for “Virtual Typefaces?” Wikipedia category
One of the better threads I have followed in some time. Some particular points of interest:
a) Most people have different meanings for the same words.
b) No one (except for one person in one instance) is capable of providing any references to support their definitions, thus supporting my stance that the bulk of practicing typographers “wisdom” is purely anecdotal.
c) When world-renound experts in the field are asked simple and direct questions such as “how do you define “font?” they dodge the bullet.
Get it together guys. How are we supposed to make progress and establish credibility as a profession if we can’t even perform simple functions like provide a reference or establish a common vocabulary? I am disappointed with many of these “experts.”
Tombstone typography: You’ll notice a few nice pics, and then I start kicking ass and taking names. I’ll be damned if the average typographer can support their claims with any substancial evidence. Doesn’t need to be empirical data, but jeez, can’t you at least reference a book? How Ironic. A typographer with an inability to reference published literature. Nees dome examples? See my Literature section.
Print versus screen typography: Let me summarize the endless bitching of this, and many related thread; Get over it people. At a comfortable reading distance of ~30 cm, the human eye is simply incapable of seeing anything greater than ~300 DPI. And the only people stupid enough to argue this are the people who get paid to hint, and develop clever methods of rasterization, such as ClearType™. You’re days are numbered. It just doesn’t matter anymore. Accept it, and find a new job. You have been replaced by a robot.
baBouma: Discussion about an article where scientists claim to have taught baboons to read. I reviewed the article very thoroughly. Long story short; the scientists simply trained the baboons to recognize letter-strings in exchange for food.
My students WILL know what a serif is, dammit!: An interesting discussion about teaching typography to publication students.
Perfect justification: some good technical tips in there.
Business card for my wife (real estate agent): a good example of me providing feedback.
Online font survey: an interesting example of using typophile for data collection with an unusual number of re-posts of the same thread)
Nick Shinn made me an avatar for fun (scroll down a few posts)