This was a series of posts that I started to celebrate the first birthday of this blog in November 2007. It was inspired by Gary Hustwit's Helvetica movie and the intention was to post two fonts every two weeks for the second year of the blog and working through the alphabet from A to Z.
Well I did complete the task within the year, although I didn't always make the fortnightly schedule. And then it had been my intention to go back and present these 52 fonts in a more accessible fashion (than having to work backwards through the category listings). It's taken me another year to get round to doing that (sorry) - but at least I'm well in time for the blog's third birthday next month.
Now, to explain why the 52 fonts, here's what I wrote at the time by way of an introduction:
"...before I start, let's get something straight. Don't expect in-depth critiques on this blog. If you really want to get serious about typography, then there are better places to go: like I love typography or Dalton Maag. And if you're simply looking for a particular font, then try Indentifont.
No, this is about variety: a sort 'Joy of Text'. The design equivalent of 'there's more to life than the missionary position'. Because, speaking as a designer, it's very easy to get caught in a rut of using a few favourite fonts. Even more so if you work for clients who have a brand identity: because then you'll very often be told to adhere to guidelines which will specify the fonts that you're allowed to use. Usually one serif and one sans serif. Which is fine up to a point. But it probably wasn't why we became designers in the first place.
So this is an encouragement to let ourselves go. Loosen up those brand requirements. And have a bit of font fun (and, no, that doesn't mean you're allowed to use the one that dare not pass a designer's lips)."
And so here are the more easily accessible 52:
And finally Z for Zemestro and Zapf Dingbats