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Julien Janiszewski won a Bukvaraz award in 2001 for Frothy, a grunge font. He writes about this in "Language Culture Type": "Frothy was made after I took a walk in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. I was doing typographic bearings there, and a week later I went home and did this old-tombstone-style font". John Downer, unable to shed his military plumes, pointed out to the Bukvaraz jury that Frothy was based on ITC Stone Sans. The jury then disqualified Frothy. If this derivation from Stone Sans is indeed true, then it means that (1) Janiszewski's blurb is irrelevant and even misleading; (2) the Bukvaraz jury was not perfect. If all derivations, no matter how remote (and Frothy is far from Stone Sans: at worst, it was electronically manipulated in an editor to the point that it is not even a in the same category as Stone Sans), are disallowed by Bukvaraz, then may I politely suggest that there are other candidates for disqualification in the list of Bukvaraz winners? More likely than not, a line of what was "acceptable" was drawn during the deliberations. This line should not be redrawn later (to exclude Frothy but not other designs), no matter who complains about this. I am very sorry to see this damage done to young Janiszewski by typographical gerrymandering. After reading Julien's apology and explanation, I think most people will agree that Bukvaraz went perhaps a bit too far.

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