Along with images, typefaces---commonly called 'fonts'---are essential to a designer's ability to communicate visually. The ease of access to desktop computer technology and a related exponential growth in the number of typefaces available to users of type led to a late twentieth democratisation of typeface design and usage. British designer Quentin Newark made the point that typefaces are the visual representation of written language and, just as language commands different voices, stresses, accents, jargon and idiom as it grows and evolves, so does the requirement for different typefaces to transcribe this diverse language into visual form.
Open Manifesto: some thoughts on graphic design,
No. 2 (2005), pp. 112-119