Talk:List of type designers

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I deleted the following entry from the Other nations section:

Mosh (Oscar Osorio) (Hispana 1628, Hotel Pacífico)

I can't find any independent reference to "Mosh" or Oscar Osorio as a type designer, nor to a typeface named "Hispana 1628" or "Hotel Pacífico"; the only entries Google turns up are this WP page and mirrors of it. The entry was added by an unlogged user from IP (10:06, 8 June 2005); it is the only contribution from that IP. I did find a brief "profile" that "Mosh (Oscar Osorio)" posted about himself at <>, which says that he works in graphics design, but makes no mention of type design. Finell (Talk) 08:16, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

"In Need of Expert"[edit]

Regarding the Expert tag on the article, I've removed some chaff, added a little wheat, changed a couple blue links which pointed to the wrong person to red links, and verified that all redlinked names without typefaces mentioned beside them are actual notable type designers . . . but I wouldn't call myself an expert, so I'll leave the tag for now. If anyone can identify specific deficiencies with the list as it stands, please tell. Rivertorch (talk) 07:43, 5 December 2008 (UTC)


How should we determine where to place designers on the list—where they were born, where they live now, where they were living when they designed their most famous typeface, or what? I refer to the placement of Zuzana Licko specifically, but there are probably other examples. Anyone know of any MOS guideline or precedent from other lists? Rivertorch (talk) 07:48, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

What kind of article?[edit]

I think I can be regarded as a specialist on the subject, but I'm not sure what to do about this article. It doesn't seem very useful. The choice of type designers is rather haphazard, the categorization by country arbitrary. A complete list, even if limited to professional, contemporary type designers (but do we want to rule out the dead ones?) would consist of c. 1000 names. There is already such a list, or list-of-lists [1], industriously compiled by Luc Devroye. A link to his website could do, a similar thing for Wikipedia would require weeks or months of work. Other options: There could be a better description of what type designers do, how they are organized, where to find one if you need one, what to feed them, etc. Any opinions? Jandorp (talk) 19:53, 4 January 2009 (UTC)jandorp 4 January 2008

What I think Should Be Done[edit]

This article needs to be separated into perhaps three different lists:

  • Designers, punch-cutters, and matrix makers of actual foundry type.
  • Designers of so-called "cold type."
  • Designers of entirely ephemeral digital "type."

I think these lists should be as inclusive and exhaustive as possible, as this might be the only place where a designer like Alfred R. Bosco might be listed in the whole of Wikipedia. Dutchman Schultz (talk) 03:36, 4 June 2010 (UTC)