Many of you will be familiar with the classic face ITC Neon (https://fontsinuse.com/typefaces/7788/itc-neon)
. As the linked page mentions, there is no proper digital version of the face; a couple of half-hearted ugly attempts exist.
I think the font is worth reviving. I have actually already done a fair amount of work on it, but have paused for other projects. During the pause, I have been considering whether the project is worth continuing, with these considerations:
1. Inasmuch as no decent digital edition exists, I have been hand-drawing the new version based on images of the font in use. I am fairly sure that, at least in the US, publication of this font would not violate software-based copyright law, especially if I give it a different name. (I was thinking, perhaps, "Xenon".)
2. I would give full credit to the original designers of the font, Ronné Bonder (died 2015) and Tom Carnase (apparently still living). I would do my best to contact Mr. Carnase about it, but I don't know if this is possible. ITC seems to have no interest in the font and I would consider it abandoned.
3. I wouldn't mind releasing the font for free, but completion of it will take a fair amount of time, and so I was thinking it only fair that I get something for the considerable work of making a good digital copy. I will also be designing a lot of glyphs that did not exist in the original release of the font. So I have been considering selling licenses for the font, should I complete it. I would of course prefer to obtain permission to do this if possible.
4. While the font was extremely popular in the '70s, it is of course very dated now. I don't know whether anyone would even want it. But perhaps there would be a retro market for it.
I would very much appreciate hearing opinions about these issues. Should I complete this project?
Thanks for your thoughts!