The typeface Hotel
was designed in the years 1986 and 1987.
It was a font family
of three styles:
Hotel (the triline
mothertype), Hotel Black (the solid type) and Hotel Out-Line (the open
mothertype, won the Mecanorma type design contest in 1988.
Mecanorma added the
typeface (the mothertype only) to their library in the same year.
Some 15 years later
while surfing the world wide web
Leo Meuffels came
across a typeface called Dextor.
This was a copy of
the typeface Hotel of which Meuffels wasn’t aware of.
It cost him a lot of
effort to convince the publisher URW++
that Dextor was his design and his intellectual property.
Despite the fact that
URW++ now gives credit to him for the design
he still considers the Dextor family to be a ripoff of his Hotel
New York 30
The same story applied
to the typeface New York
While surfing the
world wide web in 2006 Leo Meuffels stumbled upon
a typeface called Nightlife which was based on his New York 30 type design.
This font by Canada Type
was made without his consent so he considered it to be a ripoff.
Canada Type has
discontinued the font Nightlife in 2007 for apparent reasons.