I am posting this letter that has already been sent to a few designers. This
seem to be the right place to post this.
Do you, like me, feel humbled almost into insignificance by the horrible
events of Sept.11 2001? Probably most of us feel sickened and hopeless. I
sit here wondering how my skills can help the causes of humanity or
humanitarianism. My chosen trade seems to limit my options for expressing
compassion and assistance (and my recent visits to the UK preclude my
donating blood to the Red Cross).
But there is, after all, something specific that we in the typographic
community can do. Type designer Stuart Sandler has made a proposal that may
help. Inspired by Claus Kallarsonšs Font Aid, Stuart has initiated Font Aid
II, a collaborative "font" in which each glyph will be designed by a
different type designer. We will make the finished product available to
members of the public as a token thank you for their donations to the Red
Cross and victim relief efforts.
The Society of Typographic Aficionados will act as the organizing body to
ensure that all funds are donated as promised. You can get more information
about this project, and download a pdf containing design guidelines, on the
SoTA website, http://www.typesociety.org
When civilized life is threatened, artists should use their talents to speak
out against barbarism. As a fellow type designer, you can help by donating
your glyph to this cause. I hope you will participate by donating through
the Font Aid II channel. In this small way, type designers can give
something specific to the relief efforts.
Board of Directors Chair, Society of Typographic Aficionados