Beware DIY

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Before the computer, I used to joke with friends that a time will come when everyone will have their own logos. With the computer, that time is here. And what’s worse is that everyone can design their own type. Today, Peter Wayner in the Times writes about how the thousands of typefaces on the web are not enough to satisfy the human urge to be unique. Enter the world of personal typefaces:

Good commercial and free programs make the job easier for a wide range of users. Some people with degenerating handwriting are freezing their script in a font. Scrapbookers are casting their lettering into a font so they can have a personal look. Battle re-enactors are even printing out orders in historically accurate typefaces.

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