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John Butler's picture
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Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Too subtle.

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Why did the dyslexic person not get cured?
On the form he wrote that he was "byslexic".

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Yes, they do get points for it being subtle. How long did it take you to get it? I would think you’d get it quicker than most.

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I guess you're talking about the blackletter alluding to
the post-WWI austerity in Germany which led to WWII?

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The font has an Anglo quality, rather than Germanic: it is Bitstream's version of London Text.
So I'm afraid the allusion "Blackletter = German" doesn't work for the typographically informed.
I immediately thought that as an anglo style, it represented Keynes, not Weimar, which contradicts the article's content.
Besides, for a graphic designer, "Weimar" suggest Bauhaus, not Völkisch.

A modernized (sans) blackletter (e.g. Tannenberg) would have worked better, but I suspect that would have required a font purchase, and the Bitstream font was on hand, bundled or in a folio.

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There are layers of typographic informedness. From my experience the proportion
of even typographically-aware people who know that the Nazis in fact disowned
blackletter is quite small.

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I love how much you guys are over thinking this one.

I think John is referring to:

austere |ôˈsti(ə)r|
adjective ( -terer , -terest )

• having an extremely plain and simple style or appearance; unadorned : the cathedral is impressive in its austere simplicity.

not really how one might describe a blackletter.

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…over thinking…

But one wonders, would a typical Bloomberg reader interpret the word "Austerity" set in a fancy Anglo blackletter as connoting "German", or would there be a semantic conflict between the meaning of the text and the type style?

In general, designs that work on multiple levels, from lay to pro, are best.
That isn't over-thinking, but professional due diligence.