17 Jan '14, 7pm

"The complaint was set in Arial, a universally despised ripoff of Helvetica."

"The complaint was set in Arial, a universally despised ripoff of Helvetica."

Few graphic-design institutions are (or were) as highly regarded as Hoefler & Frere-Jones , a small New York City type foundry whose perfectly crafted typefaces—including Gotham, Whitney, and Champion—saturate media, advertising, entertainment, and politics. Obama tapped the company to create a custom font for his second presidential campaign. Now the two sides of the ampersand are at war over who actually owns the company. Tobias Frere-Jones quit earlier this month, and yesterday filed a lengthy complaint against his now-former colleague Jonathan Hoefler. The document alleges that when Hoefler recruited Frere-Jones—and his existing “dowry fonts”—to join what was then (and remains, legally) the Hoefler Type Foundry, Hoefler orally promised Frere-Jones a 50 percent stake in the company. After supposedly delaying for several years, by Frere-Jones’s account, Hoefler reneged i...

Full article: http://gawker.com/font-gods-hoefler-frere-jones-split-in-...

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