Cyrillization of a typeface

laura meseguer's picture

Hello everybody. I have a client (graphic designer) who is interested in the cyrillic version of one of Type-Ø-Tones typefaces.
We proposed them to do custom work. As we are not russian or ukranians we will receive the help of a Russian type designer.
My question has to do with licences. What exactly has to cover my proposal? Only the development costs for “Cyrillization”? or also the usage licences for their final client as well? If so, how many? If not, what would be the proportional costs for additional licensing of this font?

I'd appreciate any help from you

Thanks!

Laura

speter's picture

Absolutely include the licenses, but then the question is whether the Cyrillic version will be exclusive for that client, or whether you are going to make it available for the general public via Type-Ø-Tones.

.00's picture

I think the first thing you should do is contact Type-Ø-Tones and get permission to extend their design. They should be the ones offered the Cyrillization work first. If they are not interested in doing, at least they should give you their blessing.

James

hrant's picture

I would agree with James if the Cyrillic design will be heavily Latinized, which
actually happens to be something I wouldn't generally encourage. If it will
instead be an authentic Cyrillic design, there are many good reasons to, at
most, simply inform the original designer of what's happening. In this case
though this is moot since Laura is part of Type-Ø-Tones. :-)

The enrichment of a writing system should not
be held hostage, certainly not to somebody else's
greed or to some Modernist illusion.

--

BTW, "Cyrillization" ("Cyrillification"?) is a misleading term here.

hhp

.00's picture

The enrichment of a writing system should not
be held hostage, certainly not to somebody else’s
greed or to some Modernist illusion.

That is the funniest thing I have heard this year!

hrant's picture

Statistically, my chances of amusing you to an even greater
degree before the end of the year seem pretty decent. Yay.

hhp

speter's picture

Actually, if you look at the Type-Ø-Tones website, you see that Laura is with them. That should have been made clearer in the original post.

laura meseguer's picture

Hello everybody, I'm a member of Type-Ø-Tones, sorry for not explaining this.

Laura

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