From: Jill Bell
> don't we all borrow to some extent?
Yup, we all do.
Some of us admit it, some of us don't.
But the best thing about Venis is that "y",
and I'm convinced he made it up himself.
From: Roy Preston
> (You can also charm the hind legs off a donkey ;-)
Huh, that explains the friggin' herd outside my house!
> pack up the PowerBook and go travelling.
Music to my ears... :-/
From: Dave Nalle
> I noticed a couple of our fonts were
> mentioned there, though with no reviews.
So get some third party to write reviews for them!
> Who would I talk to about that?
Tim Rolands runs TypeReview.
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From: Andy Crewdson
> The one thing I'm wondering about is how you
> decided that Venis had anything to do with Venetians?
Good question. I guess partly the name, partly the "e".
But I really didn't "decide" it was a Venetian, and I
tried to convey that in the review. Also, I don't know
what Chank was thinking either - but one of my points
was that in this case it really doesn't matter.
One reason it doesn't matter is that I've yet to see
a solid definition of "Venetian" in the first place...
From: "Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns"
> I found NO information about details of the font club
Yeah, the site isn't very good.
> I then got a canned response with no promises
> that anyone would even respond to my inquiry.
Don't worry, Heidi will respond. The reason for the canned
stuff is simple: Chank is a celebrity, and he gets tons of
messages like "I love you, man!" and "Dude, can you like
make a font for my girlfriend's 14th birthday?"
They could have been dry and said "your message will be
answered in the order it was received", but that would
have turned off their particular type of "clientele".
At TypeCon98 Chank said "my customers are teenage boys".
But of course with things like Venis that's changing.
> I like his fonts, too.
I used to not like his stuff. But now I can see that there's
something there. What's interesting is that people like Matthew
Carter (with that combination of deep insight and total lack of
snobism) saw his merit from day one.
It's very interesting, the way some people make their fonts
so differently. And they have the hardest time being accepted
by the often lethargic and generally insecure establishment.
(BTW, thanks for all the kind words, guys.)
From: Dave Nalle
> The font review site seems like such a great idea, but it
> isn't really fully realized as it stands right now and I'd
> like to see more come of it.
Definitely. I would recommend that you write a review of a
font that you think is significant. But not one of yours, OK? :-)
> The font club has always been a strange concept - people
> buying fonts on faith not knowing if they'll get a lovely
> script or a weird art font - yet it seems to have been
> well received.
That is indeed very interesting, and something
to consider carefully about consumer behavior.