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Textra and Meta

Erik Spiekermann, the designer of Meta, accuses Linotype of designing Textra (2002, a typeface by Jochen Schuss and Jörg Herz) off an electronic copy of Meta. A quote: I still draw letters, but most of the younger designers go straight to the screen. More often than not, they open an existing font and play around with an outline. Which is a good exercise, very much like me tracing over a print in a specimen book, as I did when I first started drawing type 30 years ago. Through constant sketching --- eventually without the old original in view --- you acquire your own shapes. Working on screen, however, you can hardly ever get rid of the original. Even if you touch every point, the feel of the underlying data will always be there. The ensuing new typeface may look different, but anybody with a bit of experience will know what it was based on. Check this specimen and judge for yourself. [...] This is good old FF Meta, designed almost 20 years ago by myself. I've been accused of having put too many silly details into it, like an oblique top terminal on some of the caps, like the E. Now look at Textra's E.

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file name: Jochen Schuss Joerg Herz Textra 2002







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