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Winners... win, win, win:

Here are more results from our "Fonts Festival" winners -- I call this a win, win, win, because the winner wins, you win, and we win! Sweet.

Mike Freiman
takes the cake for one of our Fall Fonts Festival winners. He gets his own copy of the Designers' Guide to Web Fonts for sending in an outstanding collection of share font links, and an interesting letter which contained corrections to some of our links and a question about Sam Wang and one we have listed as the "American Indian Dingbat Font"

 > Dear Fred,
  > It's been awhile since I last visited your 
  > bailiwick, but things are looking great! One page 
  > that grabbed my attention was the one about the 
  > American Indian dingbat.  1) The author is 
  > listed as "Robert Kirsch". 
  > The correct author's name is Kenneth Hirst.  
  > How do I know? Well, in April 2000 I downloaded  
  > the Windows version, which included not only the  
  > character map you present, but also the Readme file. 
  > That text file (dated 4/94) makes it clear that  
  > the font is shareware ($11.50 USD) and gives contact  
  > info, including a postal address 
  > I can tell you that the street address was valid  
  > at least back in April of 2000 ...  
  > my check was cashed by Mr. Hirst. 

Sarah Caps

Mike's letter continues...

Also, since you gave only the Macintosh version of Sarah Caps in your Art Nouveau story, here's a link to a Windows version of Sam Wang's "Sarah Caps".

This file comes sans documentation. The website lists the creator as "Fantazia Font & Sounds". I think Fantazia put out one of those knockoff CD's. The font itself, however, has no copyright when viewed. There is only an encoded trademark (Fantazia) in the font's extended info, which most users would never see.

Just thought I'd let you know about this. If I could be of help here (use my font editor to strip out the false trademark or create a Windows Readme.txt file), just let me know.

I'm rather curious about the origin of Sarah Caps, seeing as how there's a Davy Rakowski font out there (dated 1990) that's the same, except for being somewhat squatter. A version that's only upper case is here (more complete versions and several variants [bold, ital, exp] are out there)

Surely neither of these fellows copied the other, so they must have had the same inspiration. Which came 1st? Perhaps I'll try and contact Mr. Wang myself some day.

Fred replies...

We believe that Sam Wang is the original artist to digitize the "Sarah Caps" font. Somehow the other authors got their fonts crossed. Sam's original was posted to America Online in 1988.

It's funny too, that several of the sites you took us to contain fonts that are modified versions of previously created fonts. One site had merely converted all the fonts to Windows and claimed authorship as their own. David Rakowski did not create Windows versions of the fonts, they were Mac Only.

In those days, when Fontographer first came out, there was a mad rush to upload fonts. It seemed like it was a race to see who could upload the most fonts on both CIS (Compuserve) and AOL. Most of the fonts at the sites you took us to are digitized versions of font sets shown in the Dover Books series of "Alphabets" by Solo. I had all the books myself (still do) and was able to identify those fonts as they came along.

In reality, none of those fonts were created by actual font designers or developers. They merely scanned from the Dover books and then vectored them in via Fontographer. David, Sam, and just a few of the others did superb jobs of the vectoring, however in the case of fonts like "SHOWBOAT" and other "illuminated" fonts, they 'autotraced' them and are actually very crappy!

I was an 'original' AFA for America Online, one of the first in fact -- having been a design consultant for Apple, on their ground-breaking project to bring a "graphical" interface to the online world. Their project was "ALPE" (Apple Link Personal Edition) which was soon sold to Quantum Computers in Vienna Virginia. I went along with the deal as a forum developer in the User Group community. In 1988 Quantum decided that "online" was "cool" after all and decided to change the name to: America Online. I actually vectored the first ever logo of America Online, working from the ad agency art. Don Rittner and I, under the direction of Kathy Ryan and Steve Case launched the first ever "DISK" program for AOL through the User Group community.

As part of my "pay" for being a developer, I could stay on AOL as long as I liked. I downloaded ALL the fonts as they were uploaded. During the '89 to '94 years there was very little PC activity on AOL, and 99% of the fonts and graphics were Mac. I created and uploaded 119 different EPS vector clip art files myself, including a digitized version of "Handle Gothic" and one I called "Showker" -- based on the ITC font Machine. Both fonts have disappeared -- I don't even have a copy myself. Those were the last fonts I created because of the time and tedium fonts required.

By the way, you can see a small sampling of Davy Rakowski fonts in our "Shakin'" Article.

Mike closes with...

Lastly, a dandy font in both Mac & Win versions, Rick Mueller's shareware "
New Day Script in both Windows and Mac formats.


Mike Freiman
Washington (state)

You can download these fonts directly from the author's site by clicking links in the Loading Dock. If you don't have this month's directions, you'll have to request them in the Publishers' Warehouse

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