Peter Biľak

The history and future of font licensing

TYPO Berlin 2015 Character | Friday, 22 May | 4:00 pm | Hall | English

Type designers love seeing their fonts used, but are also extremely protective of their work. Peter Biľak will talk about the business side of type design, looking at the earliest examples of font piracy, typeface licensing and alternative distribution methods. What can we learn from the first 500 years of typography that will allows the discipline to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century? Type design is in a stage of turmoil, and designers need to take responsibility for making their work relevant today.

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Peter Biľak

Type Designer, Designer (The Hague)

Peter Biľak works in the field of editorial, graphic, and type design and teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. He is running Typotheque, the first foundry to bring webfonts to the market. Recently he started »Works That Work«, magazine of unexpected creativity that rethinks publishing practices. Photo:…

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