Five Steps to Font Freedom
March 10th, 2006

A blog called BE A DESIGN GROUP invites ‘all people to participate in design.’ A post this week raises the ‘absurdity’ of typography on the web not being as open as it is in other media. In a little digging for typefaces I have actually paid for, I find they were designed long before any sort of copyright could protect them, by: William Caslon (1692-1766), John Baskerville (1706-1775), Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813). Maybe there is a case to protect my Goudy font: Frederic W. Goudy (1865-1947).


At first glance, this seems to be an unavoidable situation. The font companies own the fonts, and any attempt to set them free is going to meet strong resistance. But what if there were legal ways to give fonts to the masses? Wouldn’t you support any effort to increase the options for web fonts? Of Course you would. Rest assured that the absurdity of limited online font selection is a very solvable problem. Here are five ideas to get the ball rolling towards an internet filled with rich typography…

Go to the group’s post here for their suggested Five Steps to Font Freedom.


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