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ATypI: introspection

ATypI is the main international type organization. It has been struggling recently with its goals and mission. Survey taken in 2004 on its goal and usefulness. See also here. Extracts:

  • Nigel Hamilton: The Code Morale's failure to have any impact on Book Antiqua was very discouraging. Zapf's resignation was always a tragic low point. So is Frutiger a thief and pirate? Adrian Frutiger: Right from the beginning, I was convinced that Avenir is the better Futura. Akira Kobayashi: I share your opinion. So why can Linotype rip off Futura and nobody complains but when Monotype did the same with Palatino it is a different story? The Code Morale. Font thieves&font pirates should be expelled and not be readmitted. ATypI members take existing fonts and modify them for their Corporate clients so they will not have to pay license fees. If we take out these members we're not left with many. And do we really believe that all fonts that are released on MyFonts.com and other sites are created from scratch?".
  • Jay Rutherford: "The Code Morale has been abused so often and by so many that it barely has a meaning any more. All we can really do is try to play nice with each other (like grandma used to say). I think that ATypI can be a good place to exchange opinions on such matters as well as to expose the Harveys of the world (ask me off-list if you don't know who I mean). The annual conferences are wonderful opportunities to get together."
Also noteworthy is Porchez's itemized list of things ATypI should do.

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