Which foundry?

thetypegod's picture

Most of the designers would have planned on the fonts that they wish to use in their design. But when some fonts like Futura, Palatino etc are similar between different foundries. Does the final choice of the same come down to the foundry? Do designers actually prefer a few foundries? If so which would be your primary one for your source of fonts? Also are they not cheating people by selling the same font under different companies?

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SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Answering you questions:

Yes but it depends on type and what you want.

Yes usually they go where they can get consistent quality and style... price is becoming less of an issue. You pay what the man wants.

The most original source or the foundry with the best quality assurance. You have to do your due diligence and comparison shop. Many type designs that are sold are public domain-this allows a foundry to release fonts based on designs some else is selling. Actually the big foundries cheat you by price fixing!

Bert Vanderveen's picture

You should also consider the differences in the End User Licence Agreements. Some foundries give the user more latitude…

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

thetypegod's picture

Does that mean anybody can sell similar fonts by just a small modification. If one of them have a really good version, will modifying the dot say on the alphabet 'i' make it eligible for calling it their version and selling it even if they give more flexibility wrt EULA?

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Miss Tiffany's picture

No it doesn't mean that at all.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

What it does mean is that a foundry is free to access a historical source and use that as reference to build a font family like other foundries have.

Don McCahill's picture

> Does that mean anybody can sell similar fonts by just a small modification. If one of them have a really good version, will modifying the dot say on the alphabet ’i’ make it eligible for calling it their version and selling it even if they give more flexibility wrt EULA?

If you copied a Harry Potter book, and changed one word in it (or even one character's name -- Hermione to Hilda, for instance) do you think you could pass it off as an original? Same with fonts. You can base your story in the same genre, wizardry and such, but you can't use Rowling's characters or storylines, and more than you can copy characters from a font and call it your own.

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