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Turns Out I Was Wrong

I can admit when I am wrong, and I admit, I was wrong. After reading a very nice comment from Mr. Richard Grefe himself on my previous post, the Adobe® Font Folio® Education Essentials might not be as shady as I had first suspected. As Mr. Grefe states in his comment the AIGA isn’t going to make any money form the deal and there is no small print restricting usage after graduation. And thanks to Mr. Armin Vit at Speak Up, we now have a list of the the font families included in the collection. It is a well rounded collection that will serve students well in school and after graduation.

Only two complaints remain. First, I still find fault with the way Adobe is numbering the fonts. Would it really be so hard to say 25 font families for only $149? That is still just $6 per family and a great deal for the fonts included with the collection. And second, what is the deal with including Rosewood? I guess being able to produce a cowboy retro piece or a Hatch Show Print-esque poster is important. Oh well, nothing is perfect. And to echo the words of Armin, it is a step in the right direction after all.


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AIGA and Adobe’s Fleecing of Design Students

I just saw a link on Quipsologies pointing to a “new” font collection from Adobe and AIGA called the Adobe® Font Folio® Education Essentials and gave it a click. It promises nearly 500 fonts in Open Type format, is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in April. This sounds like good news for the design students of the world (or at least North America), right?

I have to admit that I am skeptical.

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Observation Three

Last summer I noticed some new license plates driving around Abu Dhabi and liked the look of them. The first thing I noticed was the use of a new typeface for the numbers. It had a very distinctive gap in the 9 and 0 and a bent leg on the 7. I was curious about the typeface but didn’t do any research on it. Then last month I came across this post on about the new typeface being used on German license plates and clicked on the link which led me to the answers to all of the questions I had about this new typeface.According to Erik Spiekerman (whom I am inclined to believe because he is both German and a Typomaniac) the type face is called FE Mittelschrift and was designed to thwart forged plates. I have to admit it does have an interesting look.The original typeface was designed by Karlgeorg Hoefer in 1970’s and has been in use for German plates since November of 2000. And thanks to the fine folks over at Fountain for only $49.00 you can have your very own version too.

On a side note, I wonder if the designer of the new Red 5 series of Abu Dhabi plates is a Star Wars fan?

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Sean finally received his deluxe edition of the Helvetica film yesterday and I watched it. It is a really well done documentary and deserves all of the high praise it has received throughout the film festival circuit as well as the design related blog-o-sphere. It is very interesting, very informative and very entertaining. It also has a very nice soundtrack with some excellent bands. I would recommend this film to anyone.

And it also lets me know that I am not alone. There are others out there like me. You might be one of them.

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