Briem®Times bréf til ritstjóra




Heimasíða
LETURHÖNNUN

Leturgerðir
BriemAkademi
BriemGauntlet
BriemMono
BriemOperina
BriemScript
BriemTimes
   Venjulegt
   
Feitt
   
Ská
   
Feitt ská

   Til ritstjóra
   
Frá ritstjóra


To Mr James MacManus
Managing Editor, The Times



On 25 November 1991, the editor of the Times, Simon Jenkins, wrote a front-page article about a family of typefaces that I had created for the paper. It contains two errors that I'd like you to correct.

The article says Aurobind Patel designed the type, directing a team of helpers. It goes on to say 'Mr Patel's work is no less that of an artist for being the product of a team of workers stooping over Apple Mac computers, "mouse" in hand.'

The first error is the 'team of workers'. There was no team: I worked alone. Type design plays with repetition of a few forms. It would be difficult for one designer to make the letter b and another the d. The curves of the two would probably swell from thin to thick at a different rate. Most of the characters come about in an orderly progression. Once you have the letter n, the h follows and, with small changes, the letters u and m. For me, dividing the work would have been more trouble than doing it myself.

The second error is about direction. Mr Patel didn't guide my efforts. I usually sent him the results of my work once a week. If he had suggested alterations, the disks that came later would contain revised characters. There aren't any.

Perhaps I should have written sooner. I was in America, and didn't see the article for months. And on 16 November 1992, The Times and Mr Patel jointly brought a case against me in the High Court over the ownership of the design. He was a plaintiff, I may add, only for the first six months. On 8 July 1993, the case was amended, making him a defendant. I suspect facts that weren't available to Mr Jenkins had come to light.

The lawsuit was withdrawn a year ago. The costs are the only loose ends remaining. Now that we're no longer opponents, I don't think it unreasonable of me to ask you to set the record straight.

All the best.




Næsta síða: svar ritstjóra (á ensku).