Font Aid VI: Aster Affects

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is organizing Font Aid VI: Aster Affects — a project uniting the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy.

The project theme will be represented in a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks.

Why the asterisk?

An asterisk can denote something that requires attention — and an event of this magnitude and impact certainly deserves some attention. The asterisk can also provide *emphasis* to important information amidst fields of plain text. The root of the word comes from the Greek astēr or “star” - signifying hope and light. In computer terms, it’s a wildcard character … and hurricanes are certainly wild and unpredictable.

This submission deadline is Saturday, November 17th, 2012.

See the submission guidelines for more information.

Thanks in advance for your help.

— Grant

5star's picture

Jongseong, I'm diggin'the Sumerian cuneiform sign asterisk.

After finally getting to the heart of the matter I submitted this one...

...except in all black of course.

n.

Jongseong's picture


Thanks for your opinions. I'm submitting the filled version (with some tweaks on the curves) as it seems to be the consensus.

Brock, some rotation may help balance this from a purely aesthetic point of view, but the intention was to have a glyph that functions both as an asterisk and the Sumerian cuneiform glyph dingir. So even though I regularized it with perfect 45-degree angles, I wanted to obey the well-established stroke order for the cuneiform glyph.

Arthus's picture

Nice to see all the works here before being released, I tried to create some whirlwind of aid to counter the one of destruction:

The 3dness is only a bonus. It could have been more finetuned, but sadly other work and deadlines reared their ugly heads.

5star's picture

Arthus, nice concept you've got going on there...

n.

Marcus Leis Allion's picture

My contribution:

*DisAsterRisk*

Right-wing ideology and its aggressive defence of capitalist modes of production are complicit in the systemic cause of climate change. Indeed, these regimes are not only contributing to the increase and amplification of natural disasters, but seek to profit from them also. However, these actions have made explicit the hierarchical structures, and so provide an opportunity to challenge and transform their destructive modes of production and distribution.

My contribution represents the manner in which certain forces tear structures apart but in so doing enable new allegiances to form. That is, a situation which is presented as singular is shown to be multiple. However, this multiplicity is a series of differences that share certain commonalities. A duality is revealed. Arrows can be discerned in the design – a clash between a collectivised left and a individualistic right that confront each other in an agonistic struggle over how society is governed.

In their abstraction, the dots can also be understood as representations of communication technologies, and computational ones in particular. For the binary background presents a dramatic change in how politics is practiced and introduces new techniques for profiteering (e.g. high-frequency trading).

Grant Hutchinson's picture

By the way, you still have time to submit a glyph. We’ve extended the submission deadline to the end of today — Sunday, November 18th

Thomas Phinney's picture

@Vertex: Only one glyph submission per designer! I submitted the rightmost of my three.

Thomas Phinney's picture

There are some very cool asterisks here. I especially like joro’s.

5star's picture

What's going on? How's it coming along? How many do we have? Did the submissions come in from all around the world? Like from where? Wazzup???????????

Huh???

Just wondering...

n.

5star's picture

Taps on computer screen ...hello? ...hello?

Sup G. ???

n.

riccard0's picture

It seems that there will be at least 240 glyphs from 40 countries (https://twitter.com/typesociety/status/270260549223325696).
SOTA promised a “a sneak peek soon” (https://twitter.com/typesociety/status/273813481764040705).
Judging by past editions, the work needed to make a font from all submissions is pretty time consuming.

5star's picture

n.

timd's picture

Ouch.

russellm's picture

Judging by past editions, the work needed to make a font from all submissions is pretty time consuming.
Indeed.

@ Grant, I'd be happy to lend a hand if you need it.

5star's picture

I didn't mean any offense to the good folks over at The Society of Typographic Aficionados, I did mean to prod those goof ball Republicans who are obviously trying piss off Republican Governor Christie for coming out just before the election in favor of not supporting Romney ...sad stuff indeed.

I am looking forward to grabbing a license of this font tho. I hope our collective efforts can bring some form of relief. I'm sure we will have plenty of time to contribute in what is turning out to be a calamity of a rebuild.

Perhaps we could also do a poster showing all the submissions?

n.

5star's picture

What up Grant?

n.

dezcom's picture

I see that the font has been posted for sale on the SoTA site store. I clicked through and purchased it but there was no place to download the font. Did I miss something?

5star's picture

Thanks for the update Dez ...sorry to read of the glitch tho. I'll pick up a licence as soon as possible.

WOW, lots of people contributed!!

http://www.typesociety.org/fontaid/vi/

That's just awesome!!

5star's picture

I wonder if the powers that be could put a banner link up under the Typophile Twitter link in the right side column?

http://www.typesociety.org/fontaid/banners/

matt_yow's picture

Will this be exclusively through SoTA or will it be on MyFonts? I’d be interested to see the glyph palette.

dezcom's picture

Grant kindly emailed the font to me so all is now well.

hrant's picture

Just bought it!
Thanks everybody, especially Grant, Dave and Neil.

So what are the chances we can get a list of who did which? :-)

hhp

timd's picture

Mine is uppercase Q.

I don’t know who did the one in the lowercase g position, but it is hypnotic if you zoom in too far.

Tim

John Lyttle's picture

I purchased a licensed copy of Aster Affects from SOTA yesterday and put a screen shot of the glyphs in my Flickr photostream and in the Font Aid Flickr group. Grant Hutchinson (aka Splorp) tagged himself and me. He suggested that others who designed glyphs could tag themselves, too.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnlyttle/8654902307/

hrant's picture

Thanks John! (And done.)

hhp

dezcom's picture

Thanks John!

5star's picture

Thanks John!

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