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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 ===
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.
Any reason you can't use the (much cheaper) Blue Highway Deluxe?
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
So the objection is aesthetic rather than ethical? That makes sense. I guess "cheap knock-off" has more than one possible meaning...
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?
That's Tobias Frere-Jones' ever-so-popular highway type Interstate, available from The Font Bureau, Inc.
Here's the sample setting of the Bold, and the Light looks like this.
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?
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)
(Since when does a Type Identification Board have an opinion? (sigh) Oh well, you catch my drift...)
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.
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.
> So the objection is aesthetic rather than ethical? Exactly. Sorry for causing the confusion.
This may sound bizarre, but Interstate must be about the only license that I regret having purchased for the company.
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.
> 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.