Font Forensics and the "Scarpetta Factor"

LOL! I was just doing some post-Christmas-present book reading when I saw this passage in Patricia Cornwell's latest book The Scarpetta Factor:

"...you should pay attention to fonts, like I've told you how many times? Fonts are part of the twenty-first-century documents examination, and you ignore them at your own peril. What they are and why someone might pick them for a specific communication can be telling and significant."

Maybe I can get a job with CSI as a font forensic examiner :)

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Talk to Thomas Phinney — he has experience in the field.

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

Ehague's picture

Like Graphology but for fonts? I think it's more tenable an idea, since people choose fonts, where they don't really choose their handwriting.

Si_Daniels's picture

>since people choose fonts

Like this guy... http://typophile.com/node/46383

dezcom's picture

Hi, Norbert!!!
I even had a headhunter from a law firm contact me about being an expert witness.

ChrisL

Norbert Florendo's picture

Geez... I'd rather be on the Font Police Squad busting type crimes on the spot than post mortem examination.

Though I find "font forensics" during pre-digital era more viable and intriguing since setting type was less accessible to the masses and sources more identifiable.

The font in question in The Scarpetta Factor was Gotham -- just think of how many knock-offs and pirated copies are out now since the Obama presidential campaign.

dezcom's picture

Yes, Watson, but why does he keep pointing it at his daughter?

ChrisL

Norbert Florendo's picture

Curious though Holmes, after the restraining order he was Gill Sans.

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