I'm clearly not keeping up as well as I should be, as I've had three people forward me links about the excellent New York Times article The Road to Clarity and its accompanying slide-show (thanks Brian, Chris, and Frances). discusses the development of the Clearview typeface designed to replace what is known as "Highway Gothic" on US road signs.
I think it was on the ConTeXt mailing list that I saw that Zapf has published a new book: Alphabet Stories: A Chronicle of Technical Developments. 50 USD seems like a reasonable price, but it sounds like it may be a rather limited run.
Brian alerted me to a blog entry on »50 beautiful typefaces for professional design«. While there are plenty of nice typefaces in there, I think it goes a bit overboard on quantity versus quality. The entry mostly seems to be specimens obtained from various web sites; it would have been much better if they had spent some time explaining their choices. If nothing else this would have forced them to narrow their selections a bit.
There has been past discussion about tools for comparing different typefaces. Last week while installing Ubuntu discovered there is a package for Wouter Bolsterlee's Gnome Specimen, a tool for previewing and comparing your installed fonts. I've only spent a few minutes playing with it, but it was pretty useful when I was doing some comparisons. However, it does lack support for some more esoteric things like small caps and old style figures. This most likely a limitations of the X11/Gnome font system, but it would be nice to see this fixed in the future.
I have a number of things that I've been meaning to write about, but I really should get back to writing and revising my dissertation.