[Consortium] Logo with text

Thorsten Wilms t_w_ at freenet.de
Wed Apr 26 05:27:10 EDT 2006

On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 09:30:53PM +0100, Chris Cannam wrote:

> http://affenbande.org/~thorwil/wordpress/2006/04/25/linuxaudioorg-banner-3/
> Given the general focus on Free Software, why not use a Free Font?
> Like this elegant design, not too serify for display use, which our text 
> looks pretty good in:

Both fonts used are free. One is Blue Highway, the other URW Nimbus.
It's very limiting, though. There are few fonts licensed in a free/
open-spource friendly manner. Most freeware fonts are a joke.
I'm currently considering to edit the letters much more.

> http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium

This is clearly a font for continuous text. Even subtle serifs make 
for an antiquely look when used for headlines / logos, imho.

> Or Raph Levien's Inconsolata, a fixed-width font that looks remarkably 
> good printed and at display sizes:
> http://www.levien.com/type/myfonts/inconsolata.html
> That one probably wouldn't go with the tall, thin penguin though.

Right. Fixed width is rather ... brute, anyway.

> FWIW I'm not particularly keen on any of the posted suggestions.  The 
> Interstate "g" is indeed gimmicky, but the modified version looks 
> childlike and unbalanced.  And I can't stand the Arial "a" or, well, 
> pretty much anything else about Arial (or whatever Arialalike that is).

Well, the "a" is indeed a bit weak. But it's a way more robust design than 
the "a" of Blue Highway (or many other freeware fonts).
This happens to be only the sans-serif font I found in a condensed version 
with reasonable quality.
And condensed (narrow width) is my choice, because it works better with 
the tall penguin and because the text is rather long.


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