Hello Desktop Publishing!
Although when we think of Steve Jobs most of us are likely to think about Macs, iPhones and iPods, it's a little known fact that actually we have a lot to thank him for in the world of desktop publishing too and particularly in regard to fonts. After dropping out of college, Steve took a course in calligraphy and became enchanted. He liked the way it was artistic but subtle and in a way that "science can't capture." He learned all about Serif and Sans Serif, spacing, letter combinations and pretty much everything that makes great typography what it is.
On designing his first Mac he wanted to make sure it had a great range of fonts, and even went back to his lecturer for advice when he couldn't find a really good Greek font. When the first Mac was released, it came with a wide choice of fonts, which was unprecedented at the time. Of course, Macs then became de rigueur for any graphic designers worth their salt from then on. Okay, so Apple didn't invent desktop publishing, but they were very much at the forefront of this new age in the mid-1980s along with Adobe, Aldus and HP. These companies between them, with their combination of hardware and software, can truly be credited with the start of desktop publishing.
Apple provided the Macintosh computer, Adobe the Postscript page description language, Aldus the PageMaker software and HP the desktop laser printer. Although other software options arrived over the next few years (and Adobe bought out Aldus), the Mac remained a strong favorite until the arrival of Windows 95. Most designers stayed loyal to Apple, but no longer was there a restriction.
Initially there was a thought that Windows PCs weren't as good at color accuracy, but the consensus now is that one is not better than the other is, but rather it's down to personal choice. There are certainly software options aplenty to suit any OS and that can work across platforms, bringing publishing power directly into our homes and at our fingertips. What with affordable printers as well, it's fair to say we could produce anything in-house if we wanted to from our own newsletter, greeting card, or even a book -- my how far we've come!