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So recently I seem to have caught the 'typography obsession' bug that a lot of you seem to have (noticing everything about every font everywhere!), and as such have been looking a lot into getting into designing a typeface myself.
I know there are lots of FAQ sections and How To's, and I've read all those, but there's one point in particular I'd like to hear people's thoughts on... "purpose".
It seems to clear to me that every new typeface has to have a purpose, a reason to be created, or has to be meeting a need. "It looks nice" isn't really enough of an argument, and also seems to lean too far to the 'art' side of the art/design balance.
How do you go about choosing a purpose? For experimental projects is it worth choosing a restriction (e.g. geometrical etc.) or a broad purpose (e.g. children's books etc.)? Not even just for a 'beginner' like me, but in general, it would be nice to know what people identify as the 'purpose' for a new typeface at this crucial stage early in a new design.