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Noemi's picture
Joined: 12 Apr 2014 - 4:52am
Font Usage/ Licensing/ Permission

I'm a student and was wondering about a particular font and whether or not it can be used in a logo design or a poster for a school assignment. Or can this font be used for an actual logo design? I'd just like to know what sort of licensing it has.

There was a font used for the Venice Biennale 2012 by John Morgan Studio. I've e-mailed directly to his studio about licensing and what not and so far received no response. (Most likely very busy, no time to address a student)

So I thought I would ask here. This bespoke typeface was created specifically for this event. Some of the characters are available in png image format online. I've tried to find fonts remotely close to this typeface but none compare. I am more than willing to invest in a as good a typeface as the one he created. But of course, without wondering why, it's definitely not sold online.

Ultimately I'd like to know, if I redrew 7 letters to use in a poster design or logo design would I be breaking copyright laws?

(Please forgive the fact that I am a neophyte in these matters and have patience explaining! That'd be awesome!)

Neil Caldwell's picture
Joined: 8 Jan 2010 - 12:11am

Hi, perhaps post in the General Discussions forum for replies.


From personal experience I'd advise to make small changes to the letter shapes. This practice is done by most of today's type designers when designing a font which looks very similar to another.

James Michaels's picture
Joined: 6 Mar 2010 - 12:54am

Agree with 5star's comments. If it's just for a school project that only a few people will see, they probably wouldn't object, but still I wouldn't copy characters exactly without reading the license first or getting permission.