" The idea is to limit the number of typefaces available for design students enabling them to be familiar with around 20 families."
Goto: freshly installed operating system.
Open: design application of choice
Find: font menu
Pull down:See list?
You are done.
This is not a trivial recommendation as otherwise the students will have all these bundled families (the school will not be able to delete them), PLUS the 20 families you give them, and thus you will be defeated by such a plan.;) How? Wind blows, fire burns, students rebel. Tell them they can only use "these 20" and you'll see!
Tell them they can only use “these 20” and you’ll see!
I had a professor limit us to ten without any problems.
This sounds fun. Here are my twenty desert island typefaces:
1. Helvetica Neue
8. Avenir Next
12. Trade Gothic
17. Mrs. Eaves
19. Meta Serif
20. Comic Sans
Yeah, I said it. Comic Sans. It serves as a way to weed out the bad ones: any student that uses it gets dropped from the program.
Following this thread
I'm just glad someone actually thinks about the type libraries available to students, so thanks Andy.
Limiting students is good, for some of their time at university.
However, excluding economics, what would be the point in limiting students to 20 (or 10 as James mentioned) for their entire duration at college?
Why not buy 10 'classic' typefaces and 10 'contemporary' typefaces.
Surely learning involves looking forwards as well as backwards.
Anyway like I said, thank you for even considering the dusty digital type library. There is probably no ideal combination
Any chance you are at University of the Arts London Andy?
I had started to post before and looked at the date of this original request...2003! Just for the sake of anyone who may be gleaning useful information from this thread, I'll post the information that I have.
My type class at an accredited art & design university had an official "list of typefaces"; thus insinuating they were faces that learned designers should be familiar with.
On this list were:
Times New Roman
I think that as you learn about the history of type design certain faces are landmarks in the evolution of type. If the history is taught correctly I think most student designers pick it up along the way. One typeface to mark each major development in the appearance of type will leave you with plently. An appreciation for these typefaces needs to be established. I know students that wouldn't have a breeze about typefaces solely because lectures on type where not common enough on their course.
For more contemporary type I'm sure the unicef book could be handy.
If it all works out then you can test your students with this.
Arial (BETTER DAN HELVETITA)
[some shitty Gotham remix]
[another shitty Gotham remix]
YOUR GOODE 2 GO HERP DERP
An interesting thread from the past. (Even the question of "why dig this up from the attic -- again?" is.)
I wonder if any of the original students that got limited to these 20 typefaces (*) would care to comment?
(*) Uh, if the OP ever got to choose anything. A few of those lists still sound great, almost a decade later.