@Thomas: Assuming you mean about FOSS business models, well, to become living proof myself I have to graduate Reading first, which for personal life stuff is proving quite a struggle at the moment, but there are hundreds of companies that profit handsomely from creative works that are freely redistributable and modifiable, and plenty of articles on the web explaining how they do it. If you meant about your next 1 day workshop, is a similar situation: I've never run a workshop so I can't say anything about that, but I'm sure if you advertised it here on TP you'd get plenty of people signing up :-)
Dave, how many of the people giving creative work away are doing it to hook someone into a service contract, or sell concert tickets, or something similar? Type designers don’t have that option—we can’t give fonts away and make money supporting them. I don’t see how the free razor blade/MySQL/RHEL/Snort model applies to fonts.
@James: Exactly my thinking. That's why I want to see a model explained for it. What is it these folks are going to do to make money once they've given away the font?
apart of all this discussion about type drawing quality, can someone related to Open-Baskerville being present at Libre-Graphics-Meeting Montreal for presenting it and sharing some ideas there as well? it would be very interesting, since constantvzw.org did the same in Poland about NotCourier typeface...
@James @Thomas - well, it's simple really, you make the typeface, then using the free font, create a logo that you then plaster on some disposable razors... which you bundle free with magazines, which gets people hooked on the razors... and err... means that you sell more razors... hmmm... and then... um... you make money?
@Simon: Heh. My problem exactly, no reason that benefit accrues in any way to the person who designed the typeface.
It would be interesting to know more about the contributors to this thread.
How many of you for example rely entirely on type design for your living or are totally self employed? How many of you are financially secure? etc . I don't really want to know the answers but from my experience of over 40 years I find that self employed designers/craftsmen etc without financial security, can normally understand the attitudes of those with financial security better than the other way round.
As one who is totally self employed there is nothing I would like to do more than give of my talents freely for the benefit of others, and indeed I have done so on so many occasions. My family suffered as a result but my Bank manager was delighted as he could enjoy the interest on my overdraft.
Many years ago I was a Chairman of a prestigious society and I willingly gave my services and help for free and hopefully helped many people. But after 2 years I had to give it up as my freelance work and family suffered badly.
There is nothing I would like more now than to put my 40 years experience with lettering into font design as I feel I have learnt so much. But can I afford to do so - NO.
I have no financial security so I have to keep on working to make ends meet.
This is not meant to be a sob story or an excuse to get the violin out but to ask some of you to grow up and face reality. Not all of us can give our time for free even if our hearts want to.
If you want the best-pay for it.
From my long experience I have come to realize that many of those who expect things for free normally have low standards and lack professionalism and don't really appreciate what is really involved in good design.