Normally I wouldn’t feel another site’s comment thread on printers requesting designers to outline fonts for print
fits discussion here—and I wasn’t quite sure how to title this post in relation to it either—however, it seems those comments hinted that there was some muddling of information across the three sectors of type designer, graphic designer, and printer. The fact that discussion on that topic had been occurring over a few years on and off further encouraged me to ask everyone here for the type designer perspective to add further clarity.
Some particular comments that stand out: type designers as licensers not allowing embedding and outlining, embedding getting messed up in a pdf, type becoming bolder or losing quality when outlined, type turning into square “wingdings” on the printers end (probably referring to .notdef) or strange symbols (unavailable glyphs being replaced by other glyphs) or disappear, and font versioning on different systems affecting display.
I think perspectives here can hopefully help bridge some of that informational muddling among the three aforementioned groups.