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Hello fellow typophiles!
With my first post I come to present you the new corporate font of the Centro Portugues de Design (Portuguese Design Center). It`s not a Design ruling body per se, but it`s probably the most important organization for design in Portugal.
In the attached image you can see their new sans serif corporate font, CPD Sans, designed by Hugo d`Alte in 2009 or 2010.
They presented this font on their Facebook page and I immediately recognized it and made a little comparison with FF DIN, which i`m sure everyone here knows.
I pasted their image and wrote the same set of characters on top of it, using FF DIN, size 34pt. The kerning is exactly the same.
Your opinion? Is this blatant plagiarism? Could they have had permission to make subtle alterations to the font and release it as their own?
Coming from such a reputable organization and with considerable resources I would have at least expected something new... original!