MoMa US history deviation?

Its absolutely normal to select typefaces based on its own vision, and from where people live and see the world everyday. Following recent1 MoMa typefaces acquisition; the eminent and colleague Paul Shaw tried to update the list with a skilful answer and certain success, adding crucial typefaces in the recent evolution from phototype days to digital days. The question I have, is why there is so many American designs, and a minority of “European” designs, without even mentioning any cyrillic, greek, arabic, hebrew, devanagari, kanji2 designs.

I naturally don’t have an immediate answer to that, but we need to think more about it in the future? More distance will help for sure. For now, glad to see that typefaces joint museum collections.

1 which was a great sign for our industry: typefaces have a certain design value to externals eyes.

2 where to stop on such list of languages!?

Jean François Porchez, 25 March 2011

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