BUILDING LETTERS: TSUNAMI EDITION

union's picture

BUILDING LETTERS: TSUNAMI EDITION

Jim Richardson of UK the based Building Letters charity projects received a call on January 4 from Rathna Nathan of Reading University, who contributed to the 2004 edition of Building Letters magazine. She was in Sri Lanka when the Asian earthquake struck on Boxing day, and was calling to suggest a special edition of Building Letters to get funds to help survivors, the fishermen in North Tamil and Southern Sinhala get back on there feet, and able to make a living again to support their families, and provide food for their communities.

In order for this special Building Letters edition to help, we need your contribution to get it published by the end of the month. It means that we need all the help that we can get to put the magazine together and make it available for sale.

As a core element of this issue, Max Kisman suggested to ask type designers, designers, artists and illustrators to produce one flower each, that will be published in the magazine as a respectful tribute to the people who have lost their lives, and to the power of nature.

The image of the flower or fleuron should be suitable for black and white implementation as part of a font as well as a separate color illustration for inclusion in Building Letters magazine. The size of the illustration would be in the ration of 2:3 (10 cm x15 cm, 4 x 5 7/8 inch)

THE DEADLINE FOR THIS IS 14TH JANUARY,
AND WE'D BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE CONTRIBUTING.

hrant's picture

Wonderful idea. If I can come up with something worthy, I will contribute.

Just one thing: Are you in fact limiting this to Sri Lanka? If there must be a limited geographic focus (which can admittedly make sense), I think it should be Aceh, maybe even just Meulaboh.

But in any case, the best of luck on this.

hhp

kegler's picture

There are some other related projects in the works.
Phase one of Font Aid III is just now live at Myfonts.com
http://www.myfonts.com/foundry/fontaid/

P22 & IHOF have donated each top seller (Cezanne and Durer Caps) for the month of January 2005. 100% of all sales of these fonts through the "Font Aid" foundry will go to Tsunami relief efforts. Myfonts is also donating their portion of all sales as well as expenses to route the money to appropriate charities. I would suggest that other foundries donate their top selling font to this effort for one month. Please contact John Collins at myfonts if you wish to join in this group effort.

Thanks
Richard Kegler

hrant's picture

An observation that anybody submitting a fleuron can feel free to work from:
The national flower of Sri Lanka is the Blue Water Lily...

hhp

union's picture

Following some overnight discussions, SoTA and Building Letters have joined forces for this project, and the flower/fleuron adopted for Font Aid III

We have also had a great response from typophiles and designers, if you haven't signed up to help already, get involved, this is a worthwhile project and it is going to look pretty amazing.

Jim
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Diner's picture

Just a heads up, you have two days left if you were planning to contribute a fleuron to the Font Aid III font.

Your contribution is sincerely appreciated and we encourage you to invite other type and graphic designers to contribute a fleuron as well for this effort.

Feel free to forward a link to our new permanent URL: http://www.fontaid.com

Best,
Stuart :D

dezcom's picture

Jim,
I am sending a flower tonight via email to you. I hope you get it. Ihave sent you numerous emails in the past and have never received a response. I hope I am not on your junkmail list :-)

ChrisL

T Bones's picture

Does anyone know if and when Building Letters III (Tsunami Edition) is going to be printed?

dezcom's picture

Jim hasn't posted here in ages. I wonder as well if anything will come of it.

ChrisL

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Me too... the text about this project on the Building Letters homepage hasn't changed in ages, either. DESIGNIQ, the people who were (are?) working on the publication, make no mention of it in the News section of their website.

michaelbrowers's picture

Union Fonts disbanded... not sure on the backstory on that, but perhaps the two are related. In fairness to Jim he was running a type foundary, working hard on the Building letters projects, and running his own design firm... when all these efforts were going on I wondered where he found the energy.

Stefan H's picture

I sent Jim an e-card reasently and it bounced!!! I'm also confused what has happened to Union Fonts?! Their web site is down ;-(

timd's picture

Filip has done the design work on it and was waiting for corrections/reply from Jim since June 2005. This from July and I don't know if anything has progressed from there.
Tim

Nick Shinn's picture

I contacted Jim concerning this last Fall, and he sent me a PDF of the Building Letters III magazine, and it looks brilliant. So the artwork is finished (bar fixing the odd typo).
I haven't been in contact with him since. I've published my essay on my website (it's a year old, so better late than never).

I'm sure the project is still worthwhile; it takes many, many years to recover from that kind of disaster.

filip blazek's picture

Hi all,

I've designed the BL III magazine. Everything is ready to print. Unfortunately it seems there are no money to print and distribute the magazine. There was no progress since the beginning of October 2005, so I asked Jim to remove a link to my studio from the www.buildingletters.org website. Jim actually redirected this site to Fleurons Of Hope Font Aid project. It looks like the BL project is over. I am little bit disappointed not only because I've donated the design and typesetting, but mostly because the issue is very appealing and full of interesting texts by Nick Shinn, Fiona Ross, or Max Kisman, to name a few. It also contains all fleurons submitted to the charity font; many of ornaments are published in color.







hrant's picture

Looks super, really super.
If you can't print it, publish the PDF. Please.

hhp

phase23's picture

Agreed. I would love to take a closer look.

J.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Sadly, I think the point was to sell the printed piece and donate the money. Perhaps the PDF could be published and a PayPal account set up with the directive of donating the funds.

hrant's picture

And each PDF could be password-protected with the
purchaser's info... like credit card number, heh heh.

hhp

filip blazek's picture

I don't think I could publish the PDF... But the idea of selling the PDF is great, I was thinking about it a year ago, when the project was slowly falling asleep. Unfortunately, I am not the person who can decide. But if anyone could help us to finish it, I will gladly provide you with the files. Of course, Jim and Max Kisman should agree with it.

The most difficult and expensive part of the project is the distribution. As far as I know, the project ended because we didn't find a distributor.

And, finally, I'am glad you like the design. Thanks!

timd's picture

Filip, love the look of it, a donate for pdf would be a nice compromise if something could be worked out, because it would be a shame for you have donated so much effort with no outcome. Sad to see the end of BL as well.
Tim
ps Ha I can see the one(s) I did:)

Si_Daniels's picture

It would be a shame for this not to see the light of day - perhaps Batty Books or ATypI might be interested. Any idea of the printing and distribution costs?

Cheers, Si

Si_Daniels's picture

Duplicate - sorry

kegler's picture

One way to have a printed copy is via http://www.lulu.com/

They may be open to setting up something for charity donation.

Nick Shinn's picture

Rich, what is your avatar?
Are those slices of toast?

jupiterboy's picture

Thanks for the work. What a shame.

i's picture

The problem with this issue of Building Letters was actually Union Fonts closed and that meant we didn't have a payment portal to sell the magazine, and secondly distribution, someone had volunteered to do this and then droped out and after doing issues one and two single handed, was not something I could face again.

Lulu seems like it solves both these problems.

Jim

dezcom's picture

Jim, GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU!!! I hope all is well with you.

ChrisL

kegler's picture

Kudos to Filip Blazek for seeing the buidling letters 3 project through.
I have a copy from ATypi and it is really finished and really well done!
It will be on sale online soon.
http://www.buildingletters.org/

jupiterboy's picture

I had noticed. Do we need to buy a copy if we participated? It is fine if so, I'll probably get a couple, but I was curious.

BTW, looks great. So glad to see it happen.

kegler's picture

Do we need to buy a copy if we participated? It is fine if so

Hundreds of designers have contributed on various levels (with much thanks), so free copies would be logistically difficult and diminish the benefit for aid funds from this project. I would think the answer is yes, we all should buy a copy.

filip blazek's picture

Free copies will receive only people who submitted their fonts and people who wrote texts to BL3. Fleuron designers unfortunately can't get a free copy, sorry.

Building Letters 3 magazine will be available for on-line sale starting 15 October 2006 for € 35 at www.buildingletters.org.

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