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  • Re: Help a researcher out: some questions related to Arabic typography

    For 1, I think the feel is similar to how Latin-script readers view monospaced fonts, so not particularly Westernized, maybe more simple or unsophisticated. Anecdotally I also understand the acceptance on monolinear Arabic varies from region to region. 

    For 3. maybe the Latins in Sakkal Majalla are worth a look.
  • Re: Low vision calendar company seeks a better font

    If numerals are important to you, you might want to review this talk... 
  • Re: Duospace. Wait, what? Duospace?

    From experience having non-monospaced characters in a font that declares itself as monospaced can cause problems in some apps. 
  • Re: Plex; IBM's new font identity model

    The design appears to be an inside job - - and although it might seem odd to open source a branding font that's likely part of the PR strategy.

    I think it's more interesting that IBM has a practicing type designer as their "executive creative director of brand experience and design" - most people with titles like that don't design fonts. ;-)

    Also I don't think the parallels with Roboto apply as those were UI fonts for an open source operating system before being a brand font. 
  • Re: Foundries Allowing Modification

    My take: Initially early digital foundries simply followed Adobe's model, where modification was explicitly allowed in their FAQs (even if their EULAs were more ambiguous).

    Adobe took this approach because they just didn't want to have to deal with the hassle of one-off modifications and licensing requests - they could leave this in the hands of customers - "modify the font as you see fit but make sure whoever you give it to has a license to the original". 

    I think most type designers today want to be involved in modification - either doing that work or approving of the work - this extends to open source fonts too - the OFL restrictions around font names being evidence of this.