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Stephen Coles

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  • Re: Information about a typeface: Bruce

    Everything I read indicates that many of Bruce’s designs were original. Their fat face is distinct from Thorowgood, for example. Samples from the A.T.A. Type Comparison Book by Frank Merriman, 1965:


    Are you sure it’s a knockoff, James?
  • Re: Archiving of digital fonts and foundry websites for the future?

    Glad you brought this up, Kayley! It’s an important and fascinating topic. The Internet Archive is doing a pretty good job with web pages that include webfonts. See, for example, a 2013 version of barackobama.com, and the now defunct FontBureau.com. Once in while, however, the fonts (and subsequently the page designs) are lost when the files are served by an external source rather than the same domain as the given website. We've been discussing this challenge at Letterform Archive, which exists to preserve letterforms of all kinds. We’ve partnered with Internet Archive on other projects, so I hope we can put our heads together on this one.

    Meanwhile, projects like Fonts In Use – where we publish screenshots of websites and other media that use digital fonts, as well as biographical entries for each typeface family – can serve as a partial record. But this doesn’t replace the need for a comprehensive archive which captures the dynamic nature of digital type. With the advent of Variable Fonts, the only way to have a complete archive is to store the files themselves.
  • Re: First font license

    Popping in a year later to say that CJ Dunn’s new eula-builder is a web tool for writing a font EULA based on selected options.
  • Re: Hall of Shame

    Radim Peško copying Eric Gills font Facia
    Small correction: Gill Facia is a typeface designed by Colin Banks in 1996. It’s based on a lettering model designed by Eric Gill for WH Smith around 1905, which was never really a font, but a set of drawn templates for sign painters. 

    Peško’s font is another interpretation of that lettering, which is fine. I just don’t see why he wouldn't mention Gill by name as a source.
  • Re: Hall of Shame

    I have no problem with Peško designing and releasing a typographic interpretation of Gill’s ca.1905 alphabet, but I don’t see a reason not to fully credit his source, rather than this vague description:
    “The typeface is inspired by classical alphabets that were used as guides for signwriters.”

    Perhaps I should give him the benefit of the doubt that he found an image of a Gill alphabet and was unaware of its author.