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bio website bitdepth.thomasrutter.com
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Web application developer well versed in Javascript, PHP, MySQL, Debian GNU/Linux, and stuff.

Creator of the Neon Javascript framework.


Jul
23
comment Why does Helvetica [Neue] look absolutely horrible in Illustrator?
It is possible to get clever and make a subpixel optimised image from Illustrator: export at 3 times the intended final output, then in Photoshop etc shift the red channel right one pixel and the blue channel left one pixel without altering canvas size, re-size to intended output size and voila. It won't have the filtering or hinting that on-screen text renderers have, though, so still won't look the same.
Jul
23
revised Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
added 68 characters in body
Jul
22
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
15
comment Is it legal to use copyrighted fonts without a license for non-profit projects?
@TomDworzanski in the US only, the design of the glyphs in a typeface is not copyrighted. However in many other countries it is. In the US you can in theory reproduce a typeface in a new font without infringing. However, it wouldn't be possible to make it "identical" without infringing, because making it identical would require referring to the original font file. What you can do is print the letters to paper, then make a font from those letters, in a clean-room situation (eg the designers of the new font don't refer to/have access to the old font).
Jul
8
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
Note: Google in their infinite wisdom have decided to totally redesign Roboto as of July 2014 - among other things it no longer has the Helvetica-like "R", and other letters like the "g" and "e", "k" and "K" have a different design. As of now the version on Google web fonts is still the old version but that is unlikely to remain the case.
Jun
24
revised Is it acceptable to include portfolio items from adult-themed projects?
added 7 characters in body
Jun
1
awarded  Necromancer
May
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
17
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
All very suspicious to me. Here is that same word in Adobe Helvetica for comparison. Seems dodgy to me.
Apr
17
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
16
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
Link is now broken and I can't find an "official" looking link to replace it with.
Apr
16
revised Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
edited body
Mar
5
comment What is the style of font called that is typically used in newspaper mastheads?
Interestingly, blackletter writing fell out of favour hundreds of years ago pretty much everywhere except in Germany, where a form of it (Fraktur) was still highly popular well into the 20th century. Eventually the Nazi party phased it out. A sample from 1938 shows what we outside Germany may consider to be a centuries-old form of writing, but in Germany was in common (not even "trying to look old") use less than 100 years ago.
Mar
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
6
revised “Serifs improve fast, easy readability for long text” - myth or truth?
added 212 characters in body
Nov
26
revised Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?
added 46 characters in body
Nov
6
comment What's the name for typography that looks like the meaning of its content?
Onomatopoeia is the name for a word invented to mimic a particular sound. Examples are the word "meow" and the word "hiss" which when spoken, imitate the sound they are describing. While your comparison with onomatopoeia is interesting, it's not really a good enough analogy. If it were like the visual equivalent of onomatopoeia, it would have to be a "word" invented purely because the letter forms look like what it's describing. The best examples I can think of for this would be "<3" or ":-)", which aren't technically words, but you get the idea.
Oct
16
comment What wavy italic font is this
I'm also interested in the font of the small text below it.
Oct
14
comment Is it copyright infringement by US copyright law if someone else modifies and uses my design?
You are correct that a verbal contract can still be upheld, but if you're going to actually try and take legal action based on a client breaching a verbal contract, you're gonna have a real bad time, mainly because there is no evidence. Consult a lawyer, yes, but what I'd be putting my money on is that they won't think it's worth it.
Oct
14
revised Is it copyright infringement by US copyright law if someone else modifies and uses my design?
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