This article from Fontfeed is an enlightening look at the difference between typography contests and best of lists. I’m leaning towards best of lists and this one from typefacts.com is my favorite. There’s some great scripts and I really like Our Type Stencils and Euclid looks sharp.
Designing typefaces seems like an amazing and amazingly difficult job. So many characters and spaces between the characters to design. Not to mention glyphs and ligatures, but the payoff of seeing a typeface you created communicating in a design would be worth it.
Would anyone other than a designer appreciate a custom made font as a present?