I like InDesign. I think it’s a good application. However, as a
maker and seller of fonts, it pains me that a poor interface
hinders and obfuscates the OpenType features I build into my
fonts. I am certain all other type foundries feel the same. I
would love InDesign — and all OpenType-savvy apps — to honour
and respect the work we put into our fonts. This also means
respecting the user, whether she be a student or professional.
Gerry Leonidas says “prototyping the proposed interface will need
to be done in an app-agnostic way, and from a document designer
perspective.” He’s absolutely right. My proposals are therefore
not limited to InDesign. Anyone is free to steal these ideas!