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27 January 2011, 11:57

Design Museum features Ubuntu fonts

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The Design Museum at London SE1 is to mount an exhibit featuring the work of the typeface and logo design agency Dalton Maag – this includes the new Ubuntu fonts. The exhibit, entitled "Shape my language", will consist of an installation, suspended within the museums stairwell, of some of the more unusual forms from a range of languages mixed with recognisable characters. The exhibit will run from 28 January to 28 February. "Shape my language" was originally exhibited in March 2010 at the Walking-Chair Gallery in Vienna.

In association with this display, Ubuntu sponsor Canonical is offering visitors an opportunity to get involved with the Ubuntu user community. Selected tweets to @shapemylanguage will be projected in the Ubuntu font as part of the exhibit.

The Ubuntu Font Family is a set of Libre / Open fonts that can be downloaded as TrueType / OpenType files via a Google web fonts page. Downloaders are invited to make a donation, all of which will go to the font designer.

Versions prior to 1.0 of the Ubuntu Font Family are licensed under the Ubuntu Font Licence 1.0. According to Canonical this is the first time that a libre typeface has been professionally designed explicitly with the intent of long-term community-based development. Canonical says it is not yet clear what the best form of licence will be for such a typeface, and therefore the Ubuntu Font Licence 1.0 serves in the interim during initial development. Further community development of the font family will take place under the supervision of Canonical and Dalton Maag.


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