In the spring issue of Eye, Deborah Littlejohn asks twelve professionals whether we are living in a new Golden Age of type design,
“perhaps akin to that heralded by the invention of the printing press …, the rise of the independent typographer in the early twentieth century (following the development of the mechanical punch cutter and typecasting machines), or the fearless experimentation of the 1990s, triggered by the ubiquity of the personal computer and the democratisation of type production tools.”
Their answers are worth reading: http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature.php?id=166&fid=746
Eye: the International Review of Graphic Design (London, England: Wordsearch, Ltd., 1990- ). Firestone Library (F) Oversize NC1 .E94q.