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Lt. Commander
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I'm trying to design a ship logo for my new 'Heavy Escort Carrier'. The font I am looking for is the font used in the outer ring of the logo. It also hapens to be the same font used in the 'M.A.C.O.' logo.

Can anyone help?

Lt. Commander
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# 2
06-18-2012, 12:36 PM
The M.A.C.O. logo uses a variation of the "Microgramma" font. There are different weights to it, however, so I can't really tell you which one lines up exactly to what is displayed in the game.

However, there's a tricky thing with fonts. For example, I could take the "Arial", or "Helvetica" font (which are very close to begin with), and make a change in one of them so subtle, that even the best of typographers could oversee the difference between the original product and my product. However, the fact of the matter is that I changed it, so now I can lay claim to this new font by calling it whatever I want to, such as "WindowsEatsMacintoshApples" (That's a geeky Arial vs Helvetica typography reference. Sorry.)

Two obvious examples of people lifting designs from the originals are "France" and "Penguin". They both have very distinguishing looks that make them stand out, but for some reason people chose to make a minor tweak here and there, only to rename it as their own without paying homage to the original artists' interpretations.

How do you give credit to the original, because you know it's unethical to call it your own, since all you did was change the weight and some spacing between the letters? Why, I'm glad you asked.

Let's say you did some minor functional tweaks on "Microgramma". Well, these have already been done in the past, so it makes the scenario easy to address. The original "Microgramma" went over a tweaking process around the time of the Sci-Fi boom. STAR TREK WAS ONE OF THE FRANCHISES TO USE IT. A variation of "Microgramma" was formed, but the name didn't completely change. It was called "Microgramma Bold Extended". The original name is still in the description of the font, which is how it should be. That, my friend, is how you give credit where it is due when it comes to developing fonts.

Sorry about the rant. I'm a graphic designer / typographer / web designer, so I felt the need to chime in.

Cheers!
Lt. Commander
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# 3
06-18-2012, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bumperthumper
However, there's a tricky thing with fonts. For example, I could take the "Arial", or "Helvetica" font (which are very close to begin with), and make a change in one of them so subtle, that even the best of typographers could oversee the difference between the original product and my product. However, the fact of the matter is that I changed it, so now I can lay claim to this new font by calling it whatever I want to, such as "WindowsEatsMacintoshApples" (That's a geeky Arial vs Helvetica typography reference. Sorry.)
You could always just call it Verdana
Lt. Commander
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# 4
06-18-2012, 01:23 PM
Nice name drop on Verdana. It still has its uses with cell phones, but when it comes to full-sized computer screens, it kind of ran its course. And forget about actually using it for print. That would be going backward.
Lt. Commander
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# 5
06-18-2012, 01:39 PM
I used Verdana on a website once, just to be different. Right away people were trying to figure out why the font looked wrong. They knew something was off, but couldn't figure out why. It was funny.
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