Really interesting talk from Matthew Carter, who you may know better as the guy who designed Verdana and Georgia.
I remember back in Ye Oldene Dayes of CRT monitors and Internet Explorer 4, everyone used
<font face="verdana" size="1">. “Size 1” Verdana is something like 10px-ish in modern definitions, and everyone used it because, on screens without anti-aliasing, it made beautiful, clean, easily-distinguishable letters. All these years later, listening to Carter talk here, I realise why.
A lot of effort went into designing those typefaces. And a lot of people appreciated it, even if they didn’t really realise why.