The Government has unveiled a brand new font for our 150th birthday –and it has people putting their pens to paper.
Last summer, the Canada 150 federal secretariat wanted a distinctive Canadian font that worked with the official logo and could be used in promotional materials for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
They found Raymond Larabie’s free font Mesmerize on his website. He runs his own company, Typodermic Fonts. He sells typefaces and sometimes makes free ones “just for kicks.”
Larabie licensed his font to the government as a personal and professional contribution – no money was exchanged.
However the graphic design industry is furious because they ran a student contest rather than pay someone! Is the industry right to be calling this embarrassing and disrespectful?
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