Sunday, September 24, 2006

Open Letter to John Warnock

Andrei Michael Herasimchuk recently posted a letter asking Adobe to release five great fonts into the wild. But why just five fonts? And why just Adobe? Shouldn't every typeface designer have the opportunity to make a gift to humanity?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dan Reynolds said...

There are a number of reasons why Andrei's suggestion could not and should not be implemented, both on technical as well as on legal grounds. It is a pity that few on the blogosphere are picking up on these.

Brook Elgie has summarized two of the biggest hurdles in an article on his blog.

3:39 AM  
Anonymous Si said...

reposting as I posted this to wrong thread...

It’s interesting that the author of the letter addressed it to a software company with a waning interest in commercial type, and cc’d two other software companies, rather than the owners of most of the fonts in question (ITC, Monotype and at the time an independent Linotype).

With few exceptions* the successful free fonts have had corporate, governmental or other organizational backers that have bankrolled their production. This is true for SBL Hebrew, Euphemia UCAS, Vera, Verdana, Georgia, Cyberbit and pretty much every other useful free font you can mention. Time and time again it’s been proven that paying professional type designers for their time and effort is the only way to produce professional results, that the amateurs can’t match. So rather than calling on type designers and foundries to donate typefaces, perhaps it would be better to call on corporations and governments to pool their donations into a central fund that would finance the production of high quality fonts for the public domain?

Cheers, Si

*Perhaps Ray Larabie

1:30 PM  

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