Free fonts (redirects to dafont.com)
What font is this? (redirects to whatthefont.com)
Good point. Just like any other file sharing site/forum... it's meant for this purpose. It banks on others' creations in exchange for massive traffic, which translates to significant revenue from the ads you see on this site to the owner (jag). Of course, since hes making money off of the site, for him it goes beyond internet naughtiness to serious potential legal issues. So as a technicality, he has to define those rules.
It's like setting up a gun store in a war zone and saying the guns are only to be used for home safety... the owner knows what he is doing
Thats true. It's one of the wonders of the internet. In fact, it's up to anyone to do anything anyone wants :D
If you train your eyes, you will not need to test hundreds of fonts for a project. 3 or 4 will do. If you buy a few typefaces regularly, you will get to know them and you will be able to know for which project they will fit."
There are actually sites that do just that, and it's pretty successful. Logobee.com for example. Customers submit a description of what they want, and what they want to pay and anyone is free to design something. At the end they only pick one and the one person gets paid.
There are a million VERY similar typefaces nowadays--90% of which I consider a lazy way to earn money by type designers. With the accessibility of the internet, those lazy fucks are able to make a boatload of money off of their font that's basically a copy of helvetica with some subtle "swashes".
"If you train your eyes".... sounds like that logic fits in a similar lesson as "work smarter, not harder". Well thats what I do anyway, and my eyes are trained to find what I need faster and easier. Everyone is out for their own gain, ESPECIALLY on the internet, and ESPECIALLY font designers. Whether thats in the form of taking what you want, or letting guilt take over to where you need reassurance/acceptance more than you need a font.
All of that is just rambling really... my real argument is: who cares.
I say if links to cool fonts end up here, who knows if they are commercial or not... rhetorically speaking... allegedly..