My biggest question at this point in time is that of the future of type design. Since type has been around for so long, how does one avoid overlap with designs that are already out there. What is the best way to not end up in the situation where you finish designing a typeface and discover that you just re-invented the wheel? Is there an easy way (other than flipping through the FontBook / font catalogs for hours in order to avoid re-creating an already released font?
In short, I feel like as time progresses, the chances of reinventing the wheel increase, how does one avoid this conundrum?
Thanks in advance for your input,