Wednesday, October 04, 2006

What is this web page?


I recently delivered a talk to the aTypi, an allliance of typographic designers (Sept 28, 2006). In my talk, I discussed ideas of universality, commonality, and globalism as they relate to the history and current practice of typography. I ended my talk with a discussion of "free fonts," pointing out that most are of poor quality and many are a violation of intellectual property rights. I also talked about the small "free fonts" movement that is aligned with the open source and copyleft movements. While preparing my talk, I set up a web page as well as this blog to get feedback from designers in the type community about the idea of free fonts and whether they could have any redeeming value. Since giving the talk, many people have aired their views on this blog. Thanks for your responses; it has been a fascinating conversation.

As of January 18, 2007, this blog is no longer accepting comments, but I am keeping it up as a record of the conversation.