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One of the most agonizing yet fun parts of creating a font, to me, is the naming. Usually, it is one of the last steps taken. After deciding on a name, I found a font from Linotype that is virtually identical to the family name I chose. Of course, it seems like a very generic word to me, but they claim a trademark in unnamed jurisdictions.
Is this important? Is it considered immoral in the comunity, or unimportant? Is it simply unwise to choose such a similar name when it's a major foundry owning the other font? I see each font as a work of art, and feel that the name should be whatever is appropriate like a book or painting. However, to many I am certain this is a business first, and I'm not in the mood to step on the toes of giants (or regular Joes) needlessly.
To note, the fonts are in no way visually similar, and the word in question is a common word, used as the first half of the name of a trio of faces in my project, and as the sole name of the Linotype font. I look forward to your thoughts on this. Thank you all.