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Katy Mawhood


Katy Mawhood
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  • Re: Foundries Allowing Modification

    How much does yet another digital Garamond really belong to the guy who mostly wrapped outlines around existing ideas?
    If that typeface is released as font software, potentially quite a bit. I would consider an OT Var Garamond to be an advance its digital predecessor. Revivals are a different discussion to modification permissions.
    Here again positioning typefaces as essentially software is misleading.
    Font software models software licensing, rather than content tool permissions. How is that misleading? It's a modification clause, typeface and software are linked.
  • Re: Licensing that allows a small company to send the fonts to their service providers.

    For corporate typefaces, I'm under the impression that a license for supplier usage is often agreed. For everything else, most font licenses model software licensing - with the exception of emoji fonts that sometimes model image permissions.

    In the communication of "what a font is", there's a choice for you. That choice will frame how the user view fonts, as they try to box it into something that they are more familiar with. Technology does not solve license management, particularly outside a locked down system (i.e. an entirely different company). 

    If the initial price points for licensing a font were higher, I might think differently. But, they're low. It affects the wider conversation and user assumptions. The brave idea of spending money on a high quality product becomes an education piece.

    So yes it makes sense, price accordingly.
  • Re: Best Foundry Sites

    Thinking out loud... I'd be interested whether trial licensing influences the use of online testing features.
  • Re: Best Foundry Sites

    Differs according to whether you're licensing or browsing. E.g. do you mean good UX / UI for marketing or licensing? With approval processes of a mid-to-large business, the "browsing" stage is typically on a different day to the "licensing" stage.

    Despite browsing from an indie shop front, I often end up licensing from myfonts and font spring over individual foundry sites because:

    a) predictable, e.g. it gives license details up front;
    b) login is quick (many sites don't offer guest login);
    c) quick, clutter-free page load.

    Google Fonts is great for perusing / filtering. All our designers use it for browsing over our font management system. I've never seen that happen with our other font libraries.
  • Re: Stephen Fry re-invents printing with movable type

    I'd hate to be a party pooper… but copyright?

    Also, Martin Andrews from Reading University is in this! :smiley: