At first, let’s make it clear: font is not equal to typeface (type). Typeface is combination of qlyphs in one style or combined with one graphic idea. Font is actually a file (computer code) made to reproduce a typeface. So type is a drawing, font is a (computer) code to reproduce drawing.
So the right question is do we still need new typefaces and why?
The short answer is: —Yes, we do to express new ideas in our society.
To explain I need to go deeper in a typeface role in our society. Typefaces play sagnificent role in visual communications…
As a type designer I usually come across the same question:
—Why do we need new typefaces? (still do) There’re millions (actually thousands) of them.
This is not a question from professional designers. But it’s not so simple and naive as it seems. Do we actually need to design more typefaces? Every known classifacation I suppose has not less than 100 typefaces to choose from. Do we still have something new to say as a typeface designers?
It’s not the one and only ideal typeface. The definition for the proper typeface depends on various issues of visual communications.