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David, there are customers who see the "here is a font you can get any time for free and pay to fix"? offer and open their wallets
Would you please elaborate with some examples of what kind of “fixes” people have paid for?
I was being dead serious. It’s not my view, but I do think that many young designers–particularly those working in web and UI/UX design—look down on font designers who don’t give fonts away. They’re too callow and inexperienced to understand why the same open source business model that can work for Wordpress or MySQL doesn’t work for type. And they’ve grown up lazy. These are kids who think research begins and ends with Google, that shopping is only something one does online, and are hooked on instant gratification. The idea of thinking about font licensing, much less negotiating to buy a license, is anathema to them.
why the same open source business model that can work for Wordpress or MySQL
When the font market reaches a point where the quality of libre fonts get so good and quantity become plentiful that the more and bigger (potential) clients start using free fonts instead of paying type designers, either with commissions or even licensing: where will the money to be earned by anyone then?
Will Google Fonts offer the "successful" type designer more money for their next libre font? I think not--it's not the business model.
have the payments increased across the board, given out equally to all, or are larger payments being given to the designers whose work has been deemed more successful or is considered more necessary?
can you tell us the criteria by which the success or necessity has been measured?
Also, can you share with us the amount of those payments before the increase and now, and and what rate, in your experience, the amount might translate into an hourly wage?
$200K over five years (barely equivalent to U.S. minimum wage)