Specimen Text

Deus Lux's picture

I'd like to get some opinions about whether or not it is deemed ok to uses a font other than the one the specimen is created for in that specimen.

I'm thinking specifically about using a different font for body copy in a specimen designed for a display font. It seems fairly straight forward to me that you wouldn't want to use a bold display font for body text in the specimen.

And what if I have never created a font meant to be used for body copy? Is it ok to use someone else's font for the copy?

hrant's picture

I think it's totally OK as long as you declare it.

hhp

Deus Lux's picture

If nobody else gives an opinion I'll use Helvetica. I swear to God, I'll do it, man!!

hrant's picture

Wow, you designed Helvetica?

hhp

Deus Lux's picture

Yep, it was me.

hrant's picture

I'll have to break out Kaczynski and give him your address.

hhp

Deus Lux's picture

do it. Or else I'll use arial. I MEAN IT MAN! I'LL DO IT!!! I'LL DO IT, MAN!!!!!

charles ellertson's picture

You've been watching too many reruns of Adam-12, Man.

Joshua Langman's picture

By all means use someone else's font if it gives a good idea of the context in which yours is meant to be used and shows a harmonious pairing. Just credit it.

Deus Lux's picture

What the hell is Adam-12?

Deus Lux's picture

Josh, the idea is what is acceptable to use if there is no harmonious pairing, and has no context in comparison to the specimen font. If it was harmonious, well that would be a no brainer.

hrant's picture

There is never perfect harmony, but always some harmony.

What does your font look like?

hhp

Deus Lux's picture

just imagine it looks like the most difficult font to pair up with any other font ever made, then you will know why I asked this question. Seriously, did you guys think I would waste your time asking the experts some brain dead easy shit?

hrant's picture

Of course that makes no sense. Knowing that a font is difficult to find a pairing for in no way helps find a specific decent pairing.

hhp

Deus Lux's picture

Hahahaha! Thanks for letting me know you're unable to answer difficult questions, Hrant. I'll keep this in mind in the future. Christ....

hrant's picture

OK then, let's try it this way:
"No matter what font you're using, you should use FF Ernestine* as a companion."

* http://ernestinefont.com/

hhp

Joshua Langman's picture

You asked whether it's okay to use someone else's font in your own specimen. I said sure. Not sure why you're disregarding all the answers you're getting. Isn't that what you wanted to hear?

And I sort of doubt you've made the most difficult-to-pair-up font ever made. Want to show us?

charles ellertson's picture

Uh, Joshua, picture a boat in the Caribbean. Someone sitting in a deck chair, sipping a cool adult beverage, ogling a slightly-clad person of their preferred gender sunbathing nearby. There is also a fixture at the back of the boat. It holds a fishing rod, there is a line in the water...what's that called again?

Deus Lux's picture

That's exactly the kind of answer I was looking for, Hrant. Thank you, sir. Not a bad choice either.

phrostbyte64's picture

Do remember to have the appropriate license for your method of distribution.

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