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Subject: Re: Germany Adopts Official Font
From: "Rolf F. Rehe" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Apr 2004 20:33:44 +0200
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At 12:09 Uhr -0400 19.04.2004, Richard Weltz wrote:
>That's why I asked. The wording of the announcement at the referenced URL
>sounded a hell of a lot heavier than that -- especially as it stated that the
>face was mandated for all correspondence, advertising, and brochures.
>
>The concept of a federal government dictating such broad usage of a single
>typestyle is, one might say, rather "foreign" to an American.
>
>Can you imagine the US Congress passing a law requiring that all
>correspondence, publications, booklets, brochures, advertising,
>forms, etc., of each and
>every federal agency and office be only in the Times Roman family? And that,
>furthermore, the fonts could only be obtained from or under license
>by a single
>private company? The very idea boggles the American typographic mind.
>
>-- Dick


Dick, I think you're reading something sinister into this that's just
not appropriate to the issue. As has been pointed out elsewhere, no
law has been passed to make the use of the font legally mandatory.
The present German government, incidentally, consists of a coalition
led by the Socialist party - hardly proponents of totalitarianism.

Personally, I think the selection of a 'government font' shows that
there is an appreciation of the value of typography and it will
simplify the production of government printed matter.

Could that happen in America? Who knows. I'd be for it though.

-Rolf


Rolf F. Rehe
Design Research International
- Quality and Innovation -

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