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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.


Aug
26
comment Free alternatives to Impact
The author of this font also has fonts that look basically identical to lots of classic fonts like Clarendon, Frutiger, Rockwell, Eurostile, Trade Gothic, and lots more. It looks like he takes old fonts and creates new versions of them under an open license.
Aug
13
comment Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites
It is nonsensical. It takes random phrases from it and strings them together into sentences that do not make any sense and are not grammatically valid Latin.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
4
comment What font or typeface is used in this text that says “Johnson”?
Even the year it was produced can help, as if it's, say, from the 90s we may be able to rule out the possibility it's a "font from a free fonts website".
Oct
4
comment What font or typeface is used in this text that says “Johnson”?
Look at the tail on the "n". It's definitely none of these, although Agmena Book Italic comes relatively close. It's not Berling because of the serifs on the "s".
Oct
3
comment Is it possible to add new characters to a font?
To me, image sprites would be pretty simple in comparison to editing fonts, and I have extensive experience in editing fonts. "Just copying the hinting" may be something an experience font editor may know how to do, but how would you begin to explain how to do it to someone who has never done it before?
Sep
27
comment Is it ethical to copy the work of other designers?
You're framing this as a question about "ethics", but this clearly touches upon the law (ie copyright law), which is a whole different area. Ethics is in the eye of the beholder whereas the law has very specific definitions and processes and varies by jurisdiction.
Sep
22
comment How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
You make some very important points, such as "The person that knows contract's won't even try to do this" and "The person that called you likely already knows better" and "Don't be afraid to talk about money".
Sep
18
comment Fonts/Webfonts + My website
Brendan you make a very good point about avoiding legal grey areas. A good rule of thumb is that if you're not sure if you are licensed for a particular use (due to the license being vague or not being able to locate a legit license from the author), assume that you aren't.
Sep
16
comment Looking for methods of showing text or logos on same coloured backgrounds
To me the obvious answer is the bottom one - make the red text white to swap its colour with the background. You still end up with red, black and white. It's not all that unusual for companies to have different versions of the logo for different background colours, etc.
Sep
9
comment Is there a good sans serif condensed safe font for web?
Why limit yourself to web safe fonts anymore? It's 2013 and web fonts are now well-supported, and these of course don't require the user to have them pre-installed.
Sep
9
comment Is there a good sans serif condensed safe font for web?
People have different meanings when they say "web safe", but if they mean fonts that are part of Microsoft's Core Fonts for the Web and/or pre-installed on most users' computers, this is not web-safe.