April 22, 2014
Here is a great TED Talk by Matthew Carter. The London Design Museum calls Carter the, "The most important typography designer of our time".
Having devoted the first half of his career to typefaces for use in print, such as Miller and Bell Centennial, he then pioneered the design of fonts for use on screen, notably Verdana for Microsoft. - Design Museum
In his TED Talk, he comes across as a cozy grandfather, who sits you on his knee and tells you about how he designed type over the decades. In just a few minutes you get a huge survey of type design from the era of priting phone books to successfully designed screen fonts. Prepare to be inspired and encouraged.