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Johannes Neumeier


Johannes Neumeier
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  • Re: Is it ok to call a "typeface design" the UI of a font software program?

    The objective is to differentiate "font software" from an "image of lettering", clearly and quickly with minimal jargon. 
    Perhaps I am of a simple mind, but is it not, in fact, quite obvious to your average Joe or Josefine that the one is the font and the other is the stuff you make with it?

    I would go so far as to say that the idea that fonts are software is foreign to most people to begin with, and inventing a remedy for this self made problem might be solved simply by calling things what they are in the users' mind.
  • Re: Launch Timing

    Also, this is interesting (singular rather than plural on the book search)
    You can combine those hits by appending wildcard * or _INF.

    Also, comparing the decrease in "font" and simultaneous increase in "typeface" to their combined total shows that it might be the terminology shifting from the DTP age "font" to the more distinguished "typeface" term, without an actual decline in the volume of the results.

    While it does inform to the purchase timing, all in all this says little about the industry as a whole.
  • Re: 2017 Font Purchasing Habits Survey Results (worth the read!)

    49% of people say they have read an entire EULA before

  • Re: Using literature in a type specimen

    Use only an excerpt and it's Fair Use.
    Fair Use and using something for commercial gain are not quite the same, though, are they. It's not just the length of what you quote, but the motivation, that matters most for fair use - like research, education, commentary, news, etc.

    Or by way of example, it wouldn't be Fair Use for L'Oreal to advertise with quote's from George Martin's Song of Fire and Ice, describing the Lannister's fair hair, even if they only use just one phrase.
  • Re: When did the "Serif vs. Sans" derby started?

    One aspect of this discussion, especially in digital screen context, that I find interesting and largely unexplored is the notion that stylistic aspects of the sans are of importance in its supposed better legibility, or at very least in its perceived dominance in this domain. When compared to serifs typefaces, sans can be ascribed a more utilitarian, clear and rational tone (in most types, anyway; certainly grotesques, most geometrics, and surely a good amount of humanists as well).
    It could be argued that computers, and screens as their typographic user interfaces, needed to have a typographic voice that echoes the functional approach of the machine itself, and how we humans expect it to look like. Or to put it a tad poignantly, a device that can in a split second make more calculations than a human in a lifetime simply has no room for the grace and refinement of an antiqua.