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Keith Dvorak's picture
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Good morning,

I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to get hold of (buy, legally) Darka?
http://www.kimeratype.com/

(NB: It's a Flash site, so I can't get you any closer than that.)

I think it's a really lovely typeface and might be just the right thing for some work. However, I called FontShop per Kimera's instructions and they said they no longer work with Kimera. I sent an email to Kimera and no one responded. Kimera appears to have dropped off the face of the earth post 2006.

I am impressed with some of the work I see and I would love to buy Darka at the very least! Can anyone help?

Sincere thanks,

Keith

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There is a phone number for Gabrielle. I would try that. It's a very lovely blackletter style and worth the effort. I found pointers to both My Fonts and FontShop, but searches on both of those showed nothing.

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There's a phone number on the website. Have you tried calling Gabriel directly?

[[http://typophile.com/user/7891|Will Powers]], in your neck of the woods just over in St Paul, might be able to put you in touch with him directly. I think he and Gabriel are still in contact.

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Thank you, Guys!

I have avoided dialing the number in part because of the long distance cost, but perhaps that will be my only option now. (AT&T can have some really punitive rates at times.) I confess I am also a bit hesitant giving my information over the phone. (And Visa will charge me an additional fee for an out-of-country purchase.) Still, I suspect Kimera is most likely a very reputable company (if it still exists!).

In fact, I've been tempted to make a second post on purchases and trust. How does one know the reputable type companies. Clearly Adobe, LInotype, and generally I would assume companies recommended on this site….

kentlew, thank you for Will's name. I sent him an email asking if he was still in contact with Gabriel. Fingers crossed!

I'm certainly open to suggestions, because as Stephen notes, this is a really lovely blackletter. I love this man's work: it pays honor to the past while brining it into the present.

Keith
Fabricando fabri fimus.

Keith Dvorak's picture
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Drat! Will Power's email address is invalid.

Keith
Fabricando fabri fimus.

Kent Lew's picture
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Keith -- I just sent out a bat signal for Will. Let's see if he's able to respond here. Sit tight.

-- K.

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Keith + Kent: I'm up to my earlobes in work + meetings right now. Gimme an hour or two and I'll dig up what I have for Kimera.

will

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I saw Gabriel about a year ago in Mexico City, and at that time Kimera was still very active.

Keith: get in touch with me at william <> powers <> mnhs.org

and we'll see what we can do.

powers

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Will,

Thank you! Email sent!

Man, I love the internet—and this site!

Keith
Fabricando fabri fimus.

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ketnlew,

that's some bat signal! thanks for your help!!

keith

Fabricando fabri fimus.

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Joined: 24 May 2005 - 7:36am
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Gabriel will answer you very soon if you mail him. If not, let me know: I can contact him very easily.

And yes, Darka is a very nice font. I’ve heard that it’s opentype now.

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I sent an email to his personal email yesterday. Do I need to send it again, or was that enough? The day before, I emailed Kimera.

Thank you, Cristobal!

Keith
Fabricando fabri fimus.

PS Opentype. Woo!!

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture
Joined: 24 May 2005 - 7:36am
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If you wrote to gabriel at kimera.com.mx, I am pretty sure he will answer. Gabriel usually works every single day, but maybe this weekend is an exception ;)

I’d say you’ll have an answer tomorrow morning. If not, send me an email: cristobal at estudio-ch.com

(By the way, it’s a shame that some Mexican type designers have not yet automatized this sort of thing: if you want to buy it, you should be able to do it even on weekends. Hope it will be the norm in the near future.)