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  • Re: Public domain pros and cons


    "copyleft licenses" and "public domain" are pretty much the opposites of each other. If I base my work on a work that has been published under a copyleft license, I must publish my work under the same license. Since OFL is a copyleft license, and it prohibits selling derivative fonts, if I publish my font under OFL, I publish my font “for free” but I also force anybody who’d want to reuse even a few glyphs from my font in their font to also publish their font for free. In other words, other people are prohibited from selling things based on my thing, if I publish it under OFL. 

    That may or may not be want you want as an author. An OFL license is very restrictive in the sense that only the original copyright holder is allowed to sell the fonts, but those who add to the fonts or change something are not. If the original designer passes away or goes AWOL, that “monoply” to make money through sales (and possibly find financing for further improvement) may “freeze” for some 70 or 90 years. 

    “Public domain” (or CC0) is very  different. It's right for you if you, as the original author, are not interested at all in restricting what other people may do with your work. If a font is CC0, others can extend it or modify it or reuse portions of it, and be free to do whatever they want with the results (sell, publish for free, under whatever license etc.). 

    In other words, with copyleft licenses like OFL, you as the original author retain much control over what others may do with your fonts, while with “copynull” licenses like CC0 (public domain) you relinquish all control. 

  • Re: Color will be the new Italic. Color will be the new Bold.

    I think colour is important in written communication, but not on the same plane as bold / italic / etc. Being a web designer for government websites, I have to cater for the 1 in 12 men / 1 in 200 women of the population who are colour blind, and for those readers you need something more than just colour alone to differentiate things. 

    That's probably why B/I/U stylings aren't going away anytime soon, they are simply just more universally understood and accepted. 
  • Re: MyFonts and families

    I've read the entire thread, and wanted to share my thoughts on the subject.

    I understand that selling deeply discounted products in volume works great for MyFonts, but I believe that it devalues the work of the designer and could eventually hurt the entire font business. I do not blame MyFonts for doing so, it is a legitimate business model, but I think it may not be best suited for everyone (although some designers obviously benefit from it, at least for a while). I have noticed a steady decline in sales on MyFonts since 2013, and it is obvious that the model they have been promoting in the past few years favors something different from what I have to offer. I guess I'll just have to live with that, and try to explore other options for my product. I believe that through hard work, persistence and dedication you can build your brand reputation slowly, and customers will respect that. Joining like-minded foundries with similar quality standards in order to promote and sell fonts seems like a good way to succeed.
  • Re: hinting 101

  • Re: Mixed Case Liga Feature . . .

    I think brackets would work, i.e. 
    sub [C c] [A a] [T t] by c_a_t;
  • Re: Color will be the new Italic. Color will be the new Bold.

    Color is the already new #0000FF underlined*.

    Color is already commonly used to indicate links; even on this forum. Using color to indicate other types of emphasis other than links would be confusing. The reader would have to remember that new links are blue, followed links are purple, italic emphasis is red, bold emphasis is green and that scheme would be different on every site. Color blind readers hovering their mouse pointer on italics to see if it's a link, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.

    * In ancient times, almost all links were blue underlined Times New Roman.
  • Re: Color will be the new Italic. Color will be the new Bold.

  • Re: Color will be the new Italic. Color will be the new Bold.

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  • Glyph Collector

    During the first semester of the current school year, KABK-LetterStudio student Gábor Kerekes programmed a small nifty tool in the context of the ‘1001 ways to digitize type’ module, named Glyph Collector. The tool is meant for collecting multiple representations of glyphs from a scanned page, and for subsequently generating an average image.

    How does it work? One has to select one glyph of each character that has to be converted, and to save the image to a folder. Next Glyph Collector will gather all characters for which it finds a reference and will put these per character in a folder. This makes it a great tool for researching historic prints IMHO. On top of that it optionally will generate average glyphs per character, based on all distilled variants. These glyphs can be used for further processing in an auto-tracing tool, for instance as a starting point for the development of a revival.

    Glyph Collector is a standalone application for Mac OS X.9–10. For its inner workings, it relies on OpenCV (an open-source computer vision library) and it has all dependencies on board. It can be downloaded for free from this website, which also provides further information on the tool.

  • Space Bar 1.0

    Hi everyone,

    I released the first stable version of my spacing/metrics assistant for called “Space Bar” today.
    It’s available for 20€ (15€ for students) on my shop at

    More information about the tool here: