I apologize if this has been asked already or covered in the license, but I want to make sure before I invest a lot of time. Does the OFL permit me to use a font as a logotype/my logo? Would my logo be copyrightable/trade markable? Specifically I'm talking about Orbitron, but may go another direction.(You guys provide a lot of great fonts!) It's currently my tumblr avatar. Is that type of thing allowed with the OFL? Any info would be much appreciated!
Good question! We’ve gotten a couple of these, so here’s what’s up.
With any OFL licensed fonts (all of ours are OFL), you can use the font however you like – in a logo, embedded on a site, in an app, whatever you need. You don’t need to put in any sort of attribution (especially on a logo), though if you can, it’s always nice. As long as you’re not selling the font itself or claiming you originally made it, it’s allowed!
So feel free! Get it? No, but seriously. And we love getting tweets & emails & Tumblr fan mail about how you’ve used them, so we have more to blog about.
Just watched this new video, What is Version Control?, from our friends over at Github, who recently brought Git’s web presence back to life.
It’s an awesome intro about why version control is awesome, and if you’re new to font design (or at least aren’t too old to be scared of new technology), you should check it out. We’re big advocates of git, and we’re big advocates of the UFO format because it works well with it.
In that last question we answered about OFL & apps, we wrote,
Essentially, as long as you’re not selling the program, and not just the font, it’s not a problem.
That really should have been “Essentially, as long as you’re selling the program, and not just the font, it’s not a problem.”
Whoops. Hopefully that didn’t screw anyone up. Thanks to all our peeps on twitter who caught that.
Hi there - I've looked through the Open Font License but didn't see a statement specifically pertaining to embedding LoMT fonts in (iOS) apps. Is that allowed with attribution for all League fonts? Thanks - chad martin chad|at|pivotalaction|daught|com
Great question! And 10 points for reading the license!
If you haven’t seen it, there’s a pretty great FAQ that comes along with the OFL (we have a pretty version online here). There are a couple bullet points in there that are specific to software that should answer your question, but we can save you the trouble:
It’s totally cool. OFL fonts are allowed to be embedded in software, both open-source or commercial. Essentially, as long as you’re selling the program, and not just the font, it’s not a problem.
And attribution is also is not mandatory (sometimes you just can’t), but if you’d like to do it, we’d certainly appreciate it!
ALPHABETIC by Ariel Costa is super fun, and super Chunky.
what font management application do you use?
Lettercase. It’s a platform that Micah’s been working on a for a long time now, because all the other font managers he’s worked with weren’t what he was looking for. It’s still in private beta, but you can sign up to be on the list for invites if you’re interested.
It's a pity that many of your fonts don't cover Latin Extended-A charset (I checked out Ostrich Sans, Sorts Mill Goudy, Goudy Bookletter, League Gothic and Junction). I love them and would love to use them, but on Polish websites it's impossible. Only Funwood was a lovely surprize :) Hope to see other fonts with a few of those additional letters some day.
Actually, we’ve had some opportunity to work on that for a few of our fonts lately. It’s difficult to find the time sometimes, but we do care about it & wanna make it happen. If anyone ever wants to help, you can fork any of our fonts on Github & contribute! We’d love to see that. :-)
We’ve seen some really wonderful, fun uses of Ostrich Sans these days. Thank you friends for pointing us to the new Zipcar materials. Outstanding work! And as if we needed another reason to love Elizabeth Banks!?
If you’re a dribbble user we’d love to see what you’ve done! Just add a tag with the font name to your shot (like this).
It inspires us to see what you do with materials from the League. We have some great new typefaces to share with you soon and are always motivated by what you share. Thank you!
Junction Semi-Bold on “Pêcheurs du Monde” identity project.
Yea, you heard right, Junction Semi-Bold I said! A few months ago a couple graphic design students asked me if it would be okay for them to make a semi-bold version of Junction for an identity project they’re working on.
I said yes, of course. And a few months later, here’s it is, Junction Semi-Bold, in use!
It’s always gratifying to find people who understand what open source is really about. It’s always fun to see someone take something I’ve done and make something more out of it that would benefit a lot of people.
They’re still finishing up the font, so it’s not available to download yet. But when it’s done, I’ll be sure to update The League’s library. Thanks Mathieu and Gwenaël for making this possible!
Are your fonts free to use?
I just had the pleasure of helping Tyler push live some amazing new updates he’s been working on to our old favorite, Blackout. The new styles look sweet, and his spec images even sweeter.
And as a selfless plug, if you haven’t had a chance to check out his most recent for-sale font, it’s pretty hot. We just bought it, it’s only $15, and we’re proud to support him. Get over there, lickety split.
Micah got interviewed on The Changelog!
We chatted about some of the tech behind making fonts & The League itself, how awesome our supporting members are, and the history & future plans.
It was tons of fun to do, and Adam & Wynn were fantastic hosts. If you were piqued by anything we talked about, feel free to ask us a question!
Where has Flaminia disappeared to? I definitely recall it being there, and wayback machine proves me right, but it's as if the font vanished. Why is that?
We’ve always had trouble with Flaminia. The idea is wonderful, the designer is incredible, but people would download Flaminia hoping for a font they could use, and that wasn’t the case. It was really more of an experiment, something to play with multiple masters, and ended up with a lot confused people.
We’ll be re-adding it to our Github in the New Year, so that people will have the opportunity to extend it and play with it, but until it’s a font that people can use and install, we think it’s best outside of the catalogue.