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Q&A Session: Contributing to the Commons: What, Why, and How?

In the last 20 years, the number of new typefaces has grown exponentially, especially in writing systems with less activity in the twentieth century. One current in this torrent of cultural expression are the contributions of typefaces to the commons; from both student-hobbyists and the world’s largest tech companies, using licenses like the SIL Open Font License and collaboration platforms like Github. For this Q&A session with recognized font licensing expert Dave Crossland, bring your questions about why and how you can make your typefaces available to everyone in the world. (edited)

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Speaker

Dave Crossland

Lead Program Manager Google

Dave Crossland attended the first Libre Graphics Meeting in 2006, and became fascinated with the potential of libre licensing to improve design. Since then, he has worked to liberate typography, mainly as a program manager for Google Fonts. He also regularly contributes to the Crafting Type, Font Bakery, and Runebender projects.