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The spread of bad typography

The quality and understanding of how to set type seems to be in a free fall in the last couple of years. This seems in large part to the lack of typographic skills or training amongst designers and the fact that typography is in large part of in the hands of techies.

The large amount of text being set in today’s media is online and the majority of that is put in place by coding teams. Teams that have little experience or care for handling typography. Style sheets which used to be created by highly trained designers or typographers are now created by programmers.

Programmers are setting type. With no training, understanding or care for what they are doing. I would say in fact that type for programmers is not only a second thought but perhaps a third or fourth thought.