It’s easy to see why. I too fell in love with their curvy, vintage styles before I even realized they were two different fonts being used.
Wisdom’s characters have straighter sides while Thirsty’s are slightly rounded. Wisdom has one style and weight and Thirsty offers 6 different weights (light to black), shadow layers, ligatures and alternates.
You can buy Thirsty Script from MyFonts.com for $49 but you can get Wisdom Script from Lost Type Co-op for…. FREE?
I decided to look into this further because I felt kind of bad using a free copycat of a paid typeface if that’s indeed what Wisdom Script was.
Who Copied Who?
A thread was begun on Typophile in May of 2012 about this because obviously I’m not the only one who noticed how similar these two typeface were. James was called into the discussion and it turned out he had never been attributed or notified by Yellow Design Studio.
Being the nice guy he seems to be,* James stated that even though Ryan had copied at least 75% of his design, he had actually improved upon James’ own typeface. He was hesitant to do anything about the situation, but some people on the thread were worried about the implications this could have on future copying so they urged him to contact Ryan.
*Super interesting video on how James Edmonson approaches typography. How could you not like this guy?
How Does It End?
Ryan later joined the discussion at Typophile also and he agreed that he had in fact used much of Wisdom Script (along with Deftone Stylus and Lobster) as his inspiration. He also said that he and James had come to an agreement to share revenues and give proper attribution.
All is well that ends well! So go and download Wisdom Script for free if you want to and don’t feel guilty about it! But you can also help a fellow designer and give him a donation of your choice.
Ready to Get Creative?
What do you think about copying designs? Since Ryan had improved upon the original design and also introduced different variations of it, was he right to charge for it? Which font would you download and why?
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