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Are 'free fonts' destroying the art of typography?

Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by dot design, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. dot design

    dot design Member

    Are 'free fonts' destroying the art of typography?

    Discuss..
     
  2. NeedForBleed

    NeedForBleed Member

    I think they're encouraging creativity if anything. I mean, people are always on the hunt for originality, so will want to look for new ways of toying with fonts, and trying new fonts altogether in some cases. I think it's pushing the boundaries for people who want to create their own unique typefaces too.

    That said, I have seen many pieces of work floating around the net which destroy my theory, where certain uncredited tutorials have flourished the design world. However, anybody who has visited a few websites can soon spot these clone designs a mile off. I'm all for inspiring techniques, but some people have just plagiarised, which is an ugly occurrence in the industry.

    On the whole though, I think free fonts offer people an alternative, and it's up to people on how they use them.
     
  3. Yes…






    every free font should have a clause whereby the downloader has to delete comic sans as a pre-download check… at least then some good may come of this!
     
  4. designerste

    designerste New Member

    Personally i think theres alot of of free fonts which i think are rubbish, but theres also a lot which i have used myself. I think you really have to search for good free fonts!

    Along the same line as this, does anyone know of any decent software which allows you to create your own fonts?
     
  5. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

  6. dot design

    dot design Member

    excellent I'd agree to this, maybe we should start a campaign 'no to comic sans':icon_biggrin:
     
  7. Jonze

    Jonze New Member

    It's been done :p

    Any good designer knows to stay away from free fonts, for every billion crappy ones theres one usable one.
     
  8. dot design

    dot design Member

    I disagree, I think that the standard of free fonts has increased hugely over the last few years.
     
  9. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    I agree with Gareth on this, I have seen some great free fonts of late....obviously there is still some crap about mind.
     
  10. Jonze

    Jonze New Member

    I'm not saying they're all bad, I'm just saying that there's a whole lot more really bad ones then there are good ones.
     
  11. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Agreed :icon_smile:
     
  12. SparkCreative

    SparkCreative Member

    No. Bad designers are destroying the art of typography.
     

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