I read these boards pretty often, I find that for the most part it's the best design-related discussion spot on the web. Certainly, the folks posting here have a more honest relationship to letterforms, spacial graphic design, etc.—it's nice to find a place where design isn't an "occupation" but a practice. An art that is open and encouraging of conversation.
Why all of the fluff? It isn't to stroke egos or anything. Actually, it's about the wiki site. Every once in awhile I look at the typowiki to see if there is anything fresh there. Sadly, i'm usually unsatisfied. As a young, emerging letterpress printer and design enthusiast, i'd like to encourage all of the seasoned veterans out there to help fill in the holes on the wiki page. It has the potential of being a great resource that could really help those of us eager young ones who are skeptical of schools. I've read my fair share of text—robert bringhurst, for example—on the subject, but i've found the web, time and time again, sorely lacking in educational material about typography, type-design/philosophy, and history.
I'm not from some kid going through a phase with a macbook, but from someone genuinely longing to discover more about the history and components of type design. I don't have the money for school, I volunteer all of my time for local community-based mutual aid projects and i just barely get by with odd-jobs here and there. I'm not looking to make a bunch of money either. I just want to run a print studio and make those resources available to my neighborhood.
Consider this a plea. A plea for contributions to the TypoWiki. I'll do what I can to help from my end, but is it possible to start working on taking the trajectory of that seriously? Photos/screenshots. Cross-referenced articles. Biographies? It seems like if everyone too the time to write up a few paragraphs about something they feel particularily strongly about, it could easily become the only elaborate resoure available online.
Anyone agree? I'm definitely willing to provide moral support, and offer what i can when i can.