There are many many people who I have utter respect for. Beyond that there are others who I am more than a little in awe of. Erik Spiekermann is someone in this latter group. I guess though, that this page was exactly what I exactly what I expected and merely serves to reinforce my respect.
It is easy to overlook typeface design, this video (more of a mini-documentary really) gives a great insight into the process.
Erik Spiekermann talking with Gestalten TV about the process of designing typefaces. Listen to him finding handy analogies to music, the rhythm of spaces and the silence between characters.