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Font Aid II

SOTA - 13 September 2001

The typographic community are engaged in creating a typeface, sales of which will benefit the Red Cross and victim relief efforts.


Date: 9/13/01

Dear Associate,

Do you, like me, feel humbled almost into insignificance by the magnitude of the horrible events of September 11th, 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 Claes Källarsson's 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 at the SOTA website,

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.

Regards, Richard Kegler
Board of Directors Chair, Society of Typographic Aficionados

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article posted 13 September 2001 and last updated 15 September 2001.

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