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Valuing professions

I just finished reading A Pocket Guide to Combining typefaces by Tim Brown. In just 33 pages he explains what steps to take when you want to combine typefaces. A fantastic little book, filled with excellent tips. The book made me realise once more that good design is really, really hard. This book will help you in becoming a better designer.

There are many highlights I liked, but there’s one highlight in particular that I love:

I’m also a web designer at heart, so my perspective on typography as a whole is centered on the principle of progressive enhancement—that a text itself is fundamentally more important than our suggestions about how it should be typeset

This quote shows what a true master mister Brown is. Many specialists consider their own little field of work to be the most important part of the whole process. A performance nerd for instance will hate huge images, no matter what. But Tim Brown knows what the place of typography is in the design process. It is meant to make the content better, the content itself is what it’s all about.