I was sent this by a law student today. It’s a good resource, especially for the world of law (perhaps best evidenced by the number of states requiring long legal documents to be written in sans-serif fonts) but the author plays fast and loose on quite a few points—though it’s mostly sorted in the (default hidden) comments. It did raise my eyebrows that the Font Bureau-designer-turned-civil-litigator who wrote it refers readers almost exclusively to the sales pages of some very pricy, licensed-to-the-hilt fonts from major typography firms—including Font Bureau. Sidestepping the potential conflict of interest, I think the site’s mission would be much better fulfilled by linking to a typeface’s Wikipedia entry instead of its foundry’s sales copy, and by pointing out that many older faces have excellent open-source versions—free to use and distribute, even on web text.  It’s also disappointing that he gives no technical advice to lawyers (not the most computer-savvy folks in the world, after all) on how to install new fonts on their machines. Maybe if you go out and spend $200 on a font family they send a guy to your office to dump it into your fonts folder for you—I don’t know, and frankly, I have no intention of finding out. 

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Typography for Lawyers