EP 154 . 18 Dec 19
I am reading this book by Mike Monteiro called Ruined by Design. In this book, Mike, a few years ago gave a talk which said that a designer has a huge responsibility, and if not done correctly, they should be jailed. A lot of people at that time must have said that “this is too much”. But seems like, he was right. A few years later, Oliver Schmidt from Volkswagen, was jailed for 7 years to design software to circumvent US emissions tests and let nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles bypass the pollution test. It was a crime attributed to design.
Today is a more aware designer (at least of the online products), I believe it’s our responsibility to question what were are building and how is it going to impact our users. On that note, I have decided to take a small but significant step. Fonts. We use them so casually from a simple dropdown. Have you ever given a thought, who are making these fonts? Am I using the right licensed version? Why should I pay for a font which I like (don’t know why I like it, but I like it)? To answer these and more, I have Tanya George with us on Audiogyan.
Thank you Tanya for giving your time and it’s a pleasure to have you on Audiogyan.
Font licensing and more with Tanya George
“You can say, “I love you,” in Helvetica. And you can say it with Helvetica Extra Light if you want to be really fancy. Or you can say it with the Extra Bold if it’s really intensive and passionate, you know, and it might work.” — Massimo Vignelli
Tanya is an Indian Typographer and Type Designer. She did her MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. She works in the area of Graphic Communication and Identity design. She teaches typography as a visiting faculty at ISDI and Pearl Academy. Along with this she also conducts TypeWalks in Mumbai.