I have been doing graphic design work as part of my duties as a public sector communications professional for at least the past three years without any formal training. I made the decision recently to enroll in a design program in the evenings because I want to develop my skills and I love design. I have enjoyed the fact that design has become part of my job, but I recognize that on-the-job fumbling does not equal a proper education.
Anyway, I would like to know what typefaces I should have on my computer to be able to produce some decent layout for class projects. I am frankly bored with the fonts that my PC provides (with some obvious exceptions). Some are certainly fine, but I'd like to expand the list of what is available to me on any given project.
While I have used free fonts in the past for party invitations and such, I know their limitations. And some of them have severe limitations, obviously. I also believe that people should be paid for good typography. Therefore, I'm not at all opposed to paying for some good font families, but I don't want to spend much more than $300. I want to get more than just one or two fonts out of that, though.
Is there any set of typefaces that I can buy together as a package in that price range so that I don't have to fall back on what's available on my PC? If so, which typefaces do you suggest? I will be doing fairly tradition layout. As far as typefaces are concerned, I am probably pretty traditional and the applications will be mainly on the staid, conservative end of things. As far as current foundries are concerned, I am a particularly a fan of the work of H&FJ.
Thanks for helping out a passionate amateur in the world of typography!