(x) Newcastle Gateshead - Interstate {Yves, Karen}

union's picture

karen's picture

Interstate?

union's picture

Yves

Do you know if fontbureau ever allow designers a trial copy of a font for a pitch, Intersate is a lot of cash if we buy the font and don't get the job.

Are there any Typophiles there, who I could appeal to?

Jim
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union's picture

I emailed them, saying how I am a nice person, and a font designer and if they let me have a trial copy we'd either buy it if we got the pitch or wipe it if we did not. We'll see what they say.

Iam not sure if mentioning I run a small foundry myself would help or hinder my request.

puffinry's picture

Any reason you can't use the (much cheaper)
Blue Highway Deluxe?

puffinry's picture

Thanks Yves, I was wondering if that would be a
reaction. I recently read this essay by Nick Shinn,
which expresses the (reasonable sounding) opinion that
it

puffinry's picture

So the objection is aesthetic rather than ethical?
That makes sense. I guess "cheap knock-off" has
more than one possible meaning...

zpunktled's picture


yves... are you out of your fonts?!
i really dig Fontbureaus Interstate... maybe it is because i am an american.. but i admit i sometimes get fed up with the "g"
what company did you purchase it for?

Bald Condensed's picture

That's Tobias Frere-Jones' ever-so-popular highway
type Interstate, available from The Font Bureau, Inc.

Bald Condensed's picture

Here's the sample setting of the Bold, and the Light
looks like this.

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Actually, in this thread I found out someone with a
legal license to the fonts can provide you with test
settings converted to outlines. For a fee, or for free
depending on what the person providing the service
seems fit.

It IS kinda expensive, isn't it?

Bald Condensed's picture

I'd like to apologize upfront to those I might offend,
but I've got one reason, two words: cheap knock-off.

(This is a very personal statement and doesn't reflect
in any way the opinions of this board in general)

Bald Condensed's picture

(Since when does a Type Identification Board have
an opinion? (sigh) Oh well, you catch my drift...)

Stephen Coles's picture

Just as "legit" maybe, but not nearly as well made.

Neither Interstate or Blue Highway is a completely original
idea. But it's clear from anything more than a quick glance
that Interstate is the product of thousands of hours of labor.

Bald Condensed's picture

I apologize (again) for not choosing my words more
wisely.

I fully endorse Nick's opinion, BUT I had to use
Blue Highway once for an advertisement of a client
of ours and I can assure you that both artistically
and technically there's a world of difference between
Interstate and Blue Highway, just like Stephen said.

With "cheap knock-off" I actually meant: hastily (?)
produced font with inferior quality character designs
that sets poorly. I'm really sorry I need to sound so
harsh, but that's the long and short of it.

Bald Condensed's picture

> So the objection is aesthetic rather than ethical?

Exactly. Sorry for causing the confusion.

Bald Condensed's picture

This may sound bizarre, but Interstate must be about
the only license that I regret having purchased for
the company.

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We bought it for a magazine about theatre (the technical
side of it) but in the end everyone in the studio (and
elsewhere) started using it indiscriminately, and I got
so fed up with seeing it everywhere. Especially because
it often gets used very badly. I really feel like having
a go at it again in an effort to rehabilitate it for myself.

I'll see if I can post a cover and a spread later today.

Bald Condensed's picture

> Especially because it often gets used very badly.

For starters it usually is butt-ugly when used in text
setting IMO. Only top-notch crack typographers can
get a decent result with that.

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