The History of Typography – Animated Short from Ben Barrett-Forrest on Vimeo.
This short provides a great intro to how certain forms of type came into being and demonstrates that form follows function, as the saying goes. This is true of all design and something haunts all designers who constantly seek out refinement. When considering type, it can be good to have a historical perspective. For instance, if you are looking for something with that old flare, you will probably lean toward a Serif font; for a newer edge, San Serif.