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Dave Crossland

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  • Ray Larabie
    Well maybe the way to get away from it completely is to ask someone else to maintain the fonts. I'm happy to do that...  If they are ofl  :) 

    Hi Dave! Thank you for the offer. Before you get into this, I'll explain what's involved in this so you can back out if you want. No obligation to follow through on your offer if you're not interested in this...not problem at all.

    In late 2014, I released an 80 style typeface called Mesmerize. It's a display typeface, intended for signage. Kind of a early twentieth century style geo-grotesk with no particular model. The only kind of model I had in mind was to avoid making it look like a half-assed Metro. For example, the lowercase s looks wide as opposed to Metro's narrow s. After releasing it was relatively ignored on free font sites. I think I sold $0 worth of web and app licenses.

    About a year later, the Canadian government contacted me about using Mesmerize Light/Regular/Bold & Italics to coordinate with the new Canada 150 logo. The logo they chose, a student design, used a freeware font with a similar "pointy" look, which is why I think they chose my font. And since I'm Canadian they asked me if I would let them re-brand it for Canada's sesquicentennial in July 2017. They didn't offer to pay and I didn't ask to get paid. Some would say that's generous. I would say I'm bad at business. :)

    I figured it made sense to include support for all of Canada's indigenous languages so I spent about a month adding United Canadian Syllabics and support for all of the British Columbia first nations languages, some of which aren't included in Unicode. I did that, it got a bunch a press. Some graphics designers were upset that the government didn't pay for the fonts or the logo. I countered on a TV interview by explaining the Typodermic is a Japanese corporation. Anyway, people eventually got tired of talking about it.

    Currently, the only way to get Canada150 is to apply to the Canadian government. I explained many times that after July 2017, the fonts would be released as some kind of open source font.

    Last year, I was contacted by Constance Adams. She was interested in adapting Canada150 for use in the Mars mission and general space use. She wanted to name it after the Candara site which is the target for a Martian base, but that's already a font name. Instead, I called it Canada1500 because: futuristic. In the meantime, I added a whole ton of space related symbols. I still have some work to do on it before it's released. Constance doesn't know much about how fonts work so it would really help if you could help her understand how that works. As you know from my posts on TypeDrawers, I'm not well versed in open source licensing. Hopefully, my attempts to explain to her how it works did less harm than good!

    After July, I would really like to un-involve myself with this font. I have no expectations of making money with it. I just want it out there and I want Constance to be able to coordinate efforts to expand on it. I have a 600 other typefaces to deal with so I don't want to get bogged down with this one. I'm happy to answer questions about it, I just feel like it's someone else's turn to get down and dirty with vectors.

    Would you be willing to get involved with this?
    April 29