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Johannes Neumeier said:
H&Co purchase aside, what I don't understand about Monotype's operations is how they have not yet run into serious problems with antitrust law. Surely owning something like 90% (wild guess, would love to hear a more educated number) of an industry must make it hard not to be, euhm... price fixing, subverting competition and just generally running a monopoly.
My company only exists because Hoefler sued its founder (after firing him) over a font that Hoefler had no legitimate claim to. If that wasn't enough public evidence of how Hoefler treats staff, all the longer time employees were there when Hoefler claimed that the man he had concisely for years called his business partner had always been an employee, again in order to try and steal successful retail fonts.
Ralph Smith said:
Anybody remember what happened to the FontFont brand after the Monotype purchase?
Wow! I just find out!!!That hoefler guy.. holly fuck...!!!!- First he becomes the number one font nerd (as a kid).- Then he create new version of the badly digitized classics (Franklin, Erbar, Bodoni, Caslon, Century, etc) and since he is a super nerd of course he take care of all the nerdy details that nobody else cares (grades, ornaments, numerlas, size specific cuts.. all the nerd shit) and sell the classic under new names and since they are really well done he stablish herself as the n1 alive font designer... by selling people the same typefaces they already have (the nerdy version of the classics). Genius!!!- then he also embrace webfonts and create his own webservice in a super well thinked fashion and implementation (of course. nerds are nerds)- Creates a new way to "talk" and to "think" about typefaces (fancy words but having meaning) that makes him different from the rest just by the way he talks.- Creates a new way of making specimens online and interactive (by by pdf)So far.. a typical nerd like us.. but 1.000.000 billon times more nerd.Quite surprising achievent... but nothing really surprising yet... but now... but now...He stopped being a font nerd and shifted to a bussines nerd!!!!doing business like a bussiness nerd instead of doing business like a normal guy!Fuck typography! Now Im a business nerd!!!1) first he fuck his partner and replace it by young "nodes monkeys" that can do work (extending a family in new styles, language support, etc) but can not create new stuff of the same level (except for the obsidian guy.. that was genius)2) Sells the foundry!!!!!God level achieved!!!!He dresses all formal but he dont fool me... he is a bad ass motherfucker now!!! bye bye Nerd !!! I love it!!!Now he can take a rest from the office, the computer screen and the nodes!!!And in good timing also.. the latest released from the foundry where.. with tobias out of the picture....how to say it... no very much hoefleristics as we come to spect from his foundry. Live goes on... live and let die!
Stephen Coles said:
Pablo, I’m not seeing a strong connection between your Caslon and Quarto.
Stephen Coles said:
Pablo, I’m not seeing a strong connection between your Caslon and Quarto. There were plenty of large size oldstyles around by the time it was released, including others inspired by Van den Keere.