Font Aid IV: Ampersand Entries

francis bold's picture

For those who have contributed to the Font Aid IV Project, I thought it would be cool to get a cheeky preview of what you lovely people submitted.

Its not necessarily a crit, just a place to see what different styles and variations you come up with. Feel free to comment how you wish tho.

I went for a simple, circley, wiggly, snowman style :)

And off course what a great thing the Font Aid team are doing to raise money for this tragedy. Good to know there's so many caring people out there.

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Joe

dezcom's picture

I really like the second one, Alan!

Jongseong's picture

Alan's first is lovely! The black and white are nicely balanced in the bottom swirl. And it's clever how the form of the lowercase e is incorporated.

henrypijames's picture

Absolutely, the first one is a fantastic confluence of Eastern and Western aesthetics, and the second one is a very clever play of basic geometrics.

chank's picture

"Coming Together" the benefit fundraiser font is coming together!
Still not done yet, but here's how it's looking so far.
Should be ready some time next week, vectors permitting.

How does it look so far? Brilliant!

Great job, everybody.

dezcom's picture

Thanks for volunteering your help, Chank!

russellm's picture

I think I finally "get: the ampersand after seeing all these great interpretations of it. :o)
Nice work everyone, and I second Chris's vote of thanks to Chank.

Cesar Puertas's picture

Hello. Here you are my two cents. I was glad to participate.

dezcom's picture

Great one, Cesar!

5star's picture

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Just another doodle study for the series of ampersand posters
planned for Spring.

All proceeds to help Haiti.

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Nice effort chank!

chank's picture

okay, here's how it's looking now.
almost all done. hope this previews okay... it's kinda big...

-chank

dezcom's picture

Lookin good!

Bendy's picture

Great great great!!!
What a fun thing!

Tomi from Suomi's picture

My favourite was this one:

Tomi from Suomi's picture

I'm now lost.

Tomi from Suomi's picture


but I might find it again,

Tomi from Suomi's picture

pick yor favourite.

hrant's picture

There's some really cool stuff in there.

hhp

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Eikös tuo jälkeläinen pidä kättään sinun yllä?

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Hrant, I like this one.

Sulekha Rajkumar's picture

nnnnice!

boardman's picture

@chang, no sign of mine in the final draft. Nice job - I would love to be part of this! :0

chank's picture

it's in there, mr. boardman. second line down, fourth from the right. looks like a lifeboat. nice work!

my favorite changes from day to day. today's fave are those 3 crazy ones in the middle of the top row. you can't tell how intricate they are in this gif, but they are quite ornate and completely chaotic and organic.

everybody did such a good job with this project. so proud I was able to get so many glyphs in there and keep the final OTF file size under 300K. fontlab and opentype work like magic sometimes.

-chank

Paul Cutler's picture

chank - who did those 3 that you're talking about? It sure looks like my friend Weeman's work. Andy Martin is his real name.

pbc

chank's picture

hey Paul C - nope, not Weeman I don't think. they're from Sorin Bechira, (www.bechira.com) -chank

MichellePerham's picture

It's for sale! http://www.typesociety.org/fontaid.html

Help spread the word. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

dezcom's picture

I just bought a copy from Veer. It looks good! Thanks, Chank and Michelle and all who helped!

brockfrench's picture

Great cause & great work by all. I should participate more, and lurk less...

John Lyttle's picture

Hey Chris, I just made that purchase at Veer, too. I'm encouraging everyone I know to buy Coming Together, even if it's the first time they've ever bought a font. I'm looking at the typeface in FontExplorer and marvelling at what Chank put together… and wondering whose ampersand I get when I type & (shift+7), i.e. glyph ID 53.

MichellePerham's picture

Glyph ID 53 is by Kent Lew. He posted it earlier in this thread.

Someone is working on a PDF speciman that will map each ampersand to the name of the designer who created it. It's a lot of work, but hopefully we'll have it ready in a few days.

russellm's picture

I got into the office this morning hit the send button on an email I'd already prepared and addressed to "All", telling the 3000 or so people where I work about this.

dave bailey's picture

Michelle: Thank you, thank you, thank you for persevering through that daunting task.

MichellePerham's picture

Thanks Dave!

The font is also available now through FontShop and MyFonts:
http://www.fontshop.com/fonts/foundry/sota/
http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/fontaid/coming-together/

hrant's picture

There was an article about Garfield's "Just My Type" in today's LA Times,
and the sole illustration was from Font Aid IV! So, who are the lucky nine?

hhp

dezcom's picture

Probably picked by the LA Times Art department?

nina's picture

(Whee! Top-left is mine.) Looks like an exact reproduction of the 9 Font Aid ampersands that are pictured in Just My Type; Ben got a photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohbendy/5310009511/

dezcom's picture

You are right, Nina; I have the book and smiled when I saw that page :-)

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