Where is the forum for this?
I have a question I need to ask of anybody who can answer it. Where is the area for fonts? From a design standpoint, fonts may be one of the most important visual elements in any designer's toolbox. There are several areas here in WC that could easily be trimmed to accommodate for the space required, and those areas could be shifted to the archives. Additionally, I would be willing to bet lunch that the fonts culd be another area of profitability for stardock/winCustomize. Imagine Premium Fonts from various designers. How many of us have created a portion of a custom font in a vector or photo editing program for the sole purpose of using it in a wallpaper, logon, bootscreen, icon set, theme, or WB skin? Ask yourself when the last time you did this was.
Here is what I am proposing:
- Create the space for it here and distribute free working fonts just as anything else is distributed.
- Pay for the extra overhead with the increased subscriptions and Premium Font Sets from reputable designers.
- Offer quarterly font packs available for download from stardock central or purchase on CD.
- Provide font tutorials from competent font designers to encourage better font creation.
- Include some brief articles from time to time on the history of typography.
I know there will be resisters and detractors on this one. "Oh go hawk your font design ideas elsewhere!", or "This is a design site... focusing on Windows Customization!" or "Who will moderate it, and how will we pay for it?". I am not disputing that any of these concerns are valid, I am simply saying that we customize our machines with fonts as much as we do with graphics. If by no other means than by installing them on our systems for our own use. This forum is so very well organized, and it could easily sustain this important feature. And, yes, I believe it does have a place here. Think about it. Mull it over. Let me know what you think. Are you a moderator who has thought of this before? Are you a designer who enjoys using different fonts in their work other than Helvetica, Verdana, Times New Roman, and Courier? You might just be the next useful contributor. Woever you are, if you feel this is a warranted effort, or not. Make a sound about this.
Inquiring minds want to know, and thank you for reading.