This may be an unpopular question based on the reaction that this user got when they asked if perhaps there were just too many typefaces in existence:
[Overload by typefaces]
It’s a question I’ve asked myself. I suppose my critique is vaguely related to capitalism and copyright, and maybe even ecological concerns (don’t fonts occupy space in “the cloud” or the server farms being built across the globe?). But honestly, it feels a little too slippery to engage in that discussion here.
What I actually would like some insight on is how to keep my font library clean and useful. I know some people like having giant collections of typefaces, but I find it overwhelming. I would like to be able say that I regularly use at least 75% of the typefaces in my library, and know them well. I would like to get rid of old ones I am not using just as I accumulate new ones I am excited about. I am the type who gets overwhelmed by endless options and is prone to decision paralysis, so to me, cleaning out my font library should be just like cleaning out my closet. I bought a new computer, and this feels like a great time to address the situation.
The question for me, is where to begin? Part of the problem is that when I was student and then an intern, I was gifted large collections of fonts by teachers, peers, mentors, boutique design agencies that I happened to work with, the list goes on. Some fonts I purchased after carefully considering them. Therefore, there is a huge range in terms of quality, and plenty of them are a bit dated today.
I suppose I could spend hours and hours and days and days trying them all out and deleting the ones that don’t appeal to me. But I am wondering if anyone has any other ideas? The only thing I can think is to find a senior design whose work I admire and who lives where I live (Portland), invite them to lunch or coffee, my treat, and ask them to help me clean out my library.
Any other thoughts?