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Birth of a Typeface


For a paper I am preparing about the creative inspirations behind the birth of a typeface, I would like to know the various reasons for their birth according to each one of you who have designed a typeface.

Why do you design a typeface?
What makes you want to design a typeface?
What is the germ of inspiration?
Which are the points of departure?
What stages does typeface undergo from the initial concept to the final design?

I would be grateful if I can draw upon your wealth of experience to arrive at a few generalisations. Any link, image, quote, paper, publication related to this theme would be a valuable input and would be credited.

Thanks in advance.