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Jens Kutilek

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  • Re: New Open Source Font by Production Type: Spectral

    Well I noticed the bumpy curves by zooming in on the PDF specimen, which was the reason to compare the outlines on top of each other in the first place.

    I agree that at the intended environment and size it will not be noticeable. But you never know how large somebody will mis-use a text font ;)
  • Re: New Open Source Font by Production Type: Spectral

    I’m wondering about the decision to release the fonts in TTF format only, because the conversion quality of the TrueType curves is not very good. The source PostScript UFOs look good, but the TT curves could be better even with the same number of control points.

    (PS in the background)


    (left: PS, right: TT)
  • Re: Copyright notice - deliverables placement - end user perspective

    Right before your quote from the UFL, it says ‘Permission is hereby granted, [...] to propagate the Font Software, subject to the below conditions:’

    So I think the copyright notice clause only applies if your marketing department distributes the font files, but not any materials using the fonts.

    In case of embedding the fonts in some materials, e.g. a PDF file, the original copyright notice of the fonts would still be intact if somebody extracted the fonts from the PDF.
  • Re: Horizontal stroke in Latin Extended characters

    I suspect that the Hbar and Tbar in Didot, Baskerville, Bodoni and Big Caslon are later additions that have not been carefully designed to match the other similar letters. Eth is part of the old Windows and Mac encodings, while Hbar and Tbar belong to the "Latin Extended" character set.
  • Re: A better "version" of an existing typeface

    I’d say it also depends on what your plans are for your redesigned typeface. If you have a design project you would like to use the original typeface for, but can’t because of its shortcomings, I’d say it’s fine to make your own version of it. But if you want to release it commercially, and thereby ‘attacking’ the original design’s market share directly, I’d be really cautious.

    Contacting the original designer may be a good option. Perhaps they would be happy to have someone improve an old design of theirs (if they agree with your assessment of the typeface’s faults).