Jonathan Hoefler, lambasting The Quick Brown Fox… and other pangrams for examining type specimens:
Pangrams are unctuous little brain ticklers, challenging to concoct, droll to read, and immensely popular for presenting fonts.
I find them singularly useless in type design, and I don’t use them in my work.
Hoefler’s solution is really smart, and there are different samples for lowercase, uppercase, and small caps.
Direct download for the PDF of the basic font proof.