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The Font of Youth

2008-01-09 21:16:23.893911+00 by petronius 2 comments

An interesting piece by Virginia Postrel in in Atlantic on the incredible changes in the type font business brought on by the digital age. Read it fast, however, because it goes behind the firewall in about 2.5 days.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-10 17:15:16.694332+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm amazed that fonts are flying by that quickly:

To promote new fonts, the site features a What's New list of fonts added or updated in the past 21 days. The ones that sell best go on a second list, called Starlets, limited to fonts no more than 50 days old.

But I suppose that that's one way for MyFonts.com to address the DRM issues inherent in fonts.

I wonder how profitable it is. I'm under the impression that David Siegel made a substantial amount of money with that font that looked kind of like a hand-lettered architecture font (may have been Tekton, which looks remarkably bland now), back in the early '90s, but in the days of fast turnaround I'm guessing you'd have to do several of those a month nowadays to make a living.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-10 18:39:57.848356+00 by: petronius

Of course, some of the best fonts are still free.