I've been contacted by this "social type foundry" in-the-making, asking to join them. Their idea is that some people submit ideas, while other professionals turn them into complete designs. Then the font (or vector pack) is put on the shop and everyone who worked on it receive royalties.
But how much each party gets? Also "designed by committee" doesn't evoke good feelings for me.
What do you think?
Though this one is for real type designers who want to work with their colleagues. This might be interesting for foundries of more than one who use RoboFont.
What the hell? Is that site a joke of some sorts?
I'm happy to answer any questions about Ghostlines. Despite both being "social", our offering is not going to be particularly aligned with what FontYou is attempting. Ghostlines will be a tool for independent type designers which streamlines the existing feedback process, rather than a marketplace for commissioned fonts.
George, I'm sorry that our design offends you so much. It is possible to "unbastardize" our font choice, however; just resize your browser window:
People posting their stuff on sites like Fontyou are generally (or partially) interested in type, so I think it is kind of important to occasionally go to one of those places to provide them with professional feedback to show them that type design is more than being bored on a sunday afternoon and putting together some vector shapes into a «font».
The threshold to post your stuff here or over at typophile in order to get honest feedback may be too high for some, which is why they prefer to post their designs for example on Reddit (where Frode Bo Helland is already fighting a Quixotesque battle) or other sites .
Yes, it is painful from time to time, but in the end it is about spreading knowledge and experience into sometimes fertile grounds and raising awareness about type design as a whole.
There's much more detail about them and their platform than you'll get from their landing page.
I'll be interested in your thoughts though; will you report back here once you get access?
Very curious to hear anyone's experiences of working with or for this platform…?