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  • Re: MyFonts and families

    I tend to think of Adobe’s bundling, and their price drops, as a response to Corel and Microsoft. Corel started bundling 830 fonts with CorelDraw in 1990.

    Adobe had their own discounted “Type Sets” collections as early as the summer of 1991, following on the availability of Adobe Type Manager. But they were not quite on the scale of Corel. Corel bundled vastly more fonts than Adobe did (830 vs 220), and kept their old app versions available at substantially lower prices than Adobe charged. Although initially there were some sketchy fonts in Corel's collection, most of the junk was fairly soon replaced by stuff from Bitstream, ITC, and URW. They became a big bundle of good quality fonts that in their previous-release version you could find at a supermarket.
  • Re: Philippine piso symbol U+20B1

    > would a single stroke crossing the counter be preferable?

    I think consistency is important in such symbols.

    If I were forced to make a double-bar one, I would make the head of the "P" as large as possible; to me it doesn't have to match the actual "P".
  • Re: The Invention of the Arabic Typewriter

  • Re: Is there any harm done if I use a hyphen in a font name?

    A hyphen has a specific meaning within a font's PostScript name ID, so having a hyphen elsewhere in the name can be a problem: you'd have to omit it from the PS name, and could end up with that name being displayed in some situations, as 'gluk' noted. 
  • Re: Out of print books

    Well I think that the AmazonUK entry was a mistake, they said it would take a month to deliver it and now the delivery has been put back another month. Also the Amazon original price version has been removed (only resellers on the page now).
  • Re: Is there any harm done if I use a hyphen in a font name?

    I  named my one font "DigitaltS-Lime" and found that some programs (for example Scribus) treat part after hyphen as a style name ("Lime").

  • Re: The Invention of the Arabic Typewriter

    Thanks for that link, Hrant. Like much else on Typophile, I had completely forgotten posting that.
  • The Invention of the Arabic Typewriter

    Books and web pages frequently include tables of the four different versions of each letter of the Arabic alphabet, initial, final, medial, and isolated. This does not do justice to the Naksh script; although it is not as different from the Latin script in its requirements as Nastaliq, some features of even this script were discarded to allow Western typesetting equipment to be used for Arabic.

    In a discussion some time ago on Typophile, I mentioned that on a typewriter, the four forms of Arabic letters are reduced to two, since the line joining two letters can be associated with the first letter in its entirety. This is because kerning is no problem with a typewriter, and letters can overprint each other, unlike the case with metal type.

    I have now found more information about this. It turns out that the reduction of the letters of the Arabic alphabet to two basic forms for a typewriter was described in U.S. Patent 637,109, issued to Selim Haddad of Cairo, Egypt, then in the Turkish Empire, on November 14, 1899.
  • Re: Jardin Solid

    The steepness of the serifs on E, F, L, T, Z seem a bit out of sync with those on C, G, S. I would make them all the same, maybe also the serif on the inside of the G. Digits 5 and 7 suffer from the same steep serif problem. 

    The Q could use a bit more of a tail. 

  • Re: MyFonts and families

    I don't know if it's really a race to the bottom unless we're sacrificing quality on the way. If I sell a typeface family for $100 to 10 people, $10 to 100 people or $1 to 1000 people, it doesn't make me want to make me cut corners on the next product any more or less. I get paid just as much in all 3 scenarios.

    I'm really thinking that bundles and deep discounting aren't a problem at all, they're a symptom of something. Does this happen in other fields? Any economists care to explain this phenomenon? I want to art college so I have no idea what I'm talking about.
    Well, speaking as a type designer who is also an MBA....

    What you say would be true, only if the price elasticity of demand is non-linear and makes *exactly* the right curve. In general, for most products and services, this is not the case. That is, it would be unlikely, a massive coincidence, for any particular good if the price elasticity curve happens to be shaped such that there is no profit-maximizing price and all points are equal.

    Note: don't forget the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). That's why I wrote profit-maximizing rather than revenue-maximizing. If you have 1000 customers instead of 10, don't you think you might have higher support costs?

    We also have at least some experience with price changes for fonts. When font prices dropped in the early-mid 90s, thanks to Microsoft and Corel, profits plummeted. Adobe laid off half their type staff in 1994. So I am at least provisionally suspicious that further price drops are good for font revenue—although I will be the first to say that it may vary depending on what part of the market you're operating in.