The written word is generally seen before it is read. Typographical layout sets the mood before a single word enters consciousness.
Graphics are critical in defining the ambiance, appeal, and professionalism of a site. While we try to deliver engaging graphics, we must also weigh the tradeoff of increasing the download times that heavy use of graphics can entail.
Nice presentation from Paul Irish.
Some of the “nondesigned” typography will have been made with commercial or political intent, some will be serendipitous, or simply caused by neglect.
If you thought you had a reasonable amount of control over the color of your typography using CSS, you thought wrong.