I'm hoping some of you can help me out.
I'm currently in the process of developing an online design archive to aid design education and research, as there appears to be a lot of focus on sustainability by design, however very little on sustainability of design.
As an in-house designer, my font selection has been limited to a mere 5, and the more I speak to other designers I find that they are having the same problem. As more focus is put on legibility and readability, the range of usable fonts that are deemed acceptable appears to get smaller and smaller.
My question is, what happens to all those great fonts that represent sometimes years of work, as well as decades of culture? There are museums and book sure, but I am yet to find a constantly growing record of the design industry online.
The idea of the online design archive, is not only to create a permanent record of design created by designers, but also to encourage creativity and a sense of social and cultural sustainability within design and the design community in general through the support of peers; for students, researchers and academia.
I am now looking for a small test group of designers to interview for this, to find out their views on the viability of an online archive for this purpose and also their views on supporting design education. Hopefully they will also be able to give feedback on the archive itself and how it can be improved to act as a positive tool throughout the industry.
I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback on this, and if being interviewed or helping as a tester for the site is something that you may be able to help with then all the better.
I ought to add that this is part of my MA research that I am hoping to carry through and sustain past the end of the course, and in theory is to act as a not for profit operation.
I can be contacted through here or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks again.