Letters and their Shapes

Share this post

Font is an important part of the way that we think about what we're reading — the way we consume the message. Think about all the considerations that designers have when they think about fonts, the wild variety of opinions that people have about Comic Sans, and all the recent talk about what makes a good or bad resume font. There's even a whole documentary about Helvetica. The shapes of letters affect the way we process information.

Typography and font have an iconic history on Kickstarter, too (ha ha, pun intended). Scroll down for an overview of the ways in which people are thinking about design, typeface, and the relationship between the two across the site — some of these projects are live, and some are from Kickstarter's history. 

Typographic Postcards

"As a typographer I am interested in the disappearing of handwriting or its suppression by the typewriter," writes Harald Geisler. The Typographic Postcard project features messages like "Email Me" and "Sent from my Phone," spelled out with keyboard keys, photographed in their actual size. It's all about the weird relationship between the variety of human expression and the uniformity of conveying our feelings in type.

Aerial Bold

The goal of Aerial Bold was to literally "read" the surfaces of the world to create a database of letterforms made by buildings and other map elements. Typography of topography, indeed. 

Chatype

Which city has its own font thanks to Kickstarter? Why, Chattanooga, of course. The Chatype was created by Jeremy Dooley and Robbie De Villiers to give the Tennessee city a sense of identity that paid tribute to both its natural setting and its burgeoning design community. The story of the typeface is a fascinating one (watch a video of its original presentation and concept here) — and it's now in use across the city. 

Montserrat 

Chattanooga isn't the only typeface inspired by a place on Kickstarter. In 2012, Julieta Ulanovsky created the Montserrat typeface as a tribute to the old Buenos Aires neighborhood where she lived and worked. You can follow the progress of Montserrat in the project's updates

Sigmund Freud Typeface

Perhaps the perfect typeface for drafting a letter to your shrink, the Sigmund Freud font is sourced straight from Freud's handwriting — the analysis was done with digital images of Freud's letters and documents. (Pssst: this was Harald Geisler and R. Keller's first collaborative font project, but they have a live project, too — the Albert Einstein handwriting font). 

Speaking in Faces

The Virginia Arts of the Book Center is creating a specimen book (that is, a typeface sample book) to display Virginia's largest public collection of lead type. This huge collection of moveable type has been available for use to artists, but there hasn't been an easy way to see all of it. This is the project to change that. 

Wood Type Fonts

Letterpress printers Matt Braun and Matt Griffin made it their aim to "scour the globe for ten of the most prized fonts of wood type," focusing specifically on wood fonts with characteristics that were lacking in the digital world — and then digitize them and make them available for use. You can find those fonts online in their store now.

Are You My Typeface? 

Finally, a children's book for typography nerds. Are You My Typeface? is a book about a little lost A looking for its family. Awww. 

Comments
    1. Missing avatar

      club on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    2. Arvind Chaudhary on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    3. lyrik
      Superbacker
      on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    4. Missing avatar

      sam khan on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    5. Missing avatar

      sam khan on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    6. Missing avatar

      usconqueror on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    7. whitewesley87 on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    8. Missing avatar

      Naved Khan on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    9. Missing avatar

      Siddu on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    10. Missing avatar

      kamleshand on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    11. Missing avatar

      Siddu on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    12. Missing avatar

      kamleshand on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    13. Missing avatar

      zeradpeke on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    14. Missing avatar

      Dian Ardi on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    15. manu singh on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    16. Missing avatar

      Namaku Keren on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    17. Nanda Kumar on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    18. Missing avatar

      arushi on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    19. Missing avatar

      arushi on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

    20. Missing avatar

      teguhbejo on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    21. Missing avatar

      Doa Ibu Tersayang on

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    22. Missing avatar

      balavsky on

      This person has canceled their pledge.

Line icon alert icon Artboard Copy 8 arrow-down icon arrow-down arrow-left icon arrow-left arrow-point-left icon Fill 1 Copy 5 arrow-point-right icon Fill 1 arrow-right icon arrow-right arrow-up-right icon icon--arrow-up-right copy bar-chart icon Artboard Copy 6 bell icon Combined Shape Copy 5 book icon Artboard Copy 3 bookmark icon Fill 1 brand-assets icon Artboard Copy 13 cart icon Artboard Copy 4 chat icon chat check icon Fill 1 Copy 6 circle-back icon Fill 1 Copy 13 circle-forward icon Fill 1 Copy 16 circle-k icon circle-k circle-left icon circle-left circle-right icon circle-right clipboard icon Artboard Copy 12 clock icon Combined Shape close icon close closed-caption icon Fill 1 compass icon Combined Shape Copy 2 conversion icon conversion delta-down icon Fill 1 delta-left icon delta-right icon Fill 1 delta-up icon Fill 1 duplicate icon duplicate embed icon Combined Shape Copy 6 eye icon Combined Shape Copy 12 facebook-contained icon Facebook Contained facebook icon Facebook logo flag icon Fill 1 Copy 3 gear icon Fill 1 Copy 14 global-africa icon Fill 1 Copy 9 global-america icon Fill 1 Copy 10 global-asia icon Fill 1 Copy 17 graph-bar icon Combined Shape Copy 9 graph-line icon Combined Shape Copy 16 heart icon Fill 1 Copy 8 help icon human icon icon--human icon--activity-feed.kds icon icon--add-heading.kds icon icon--advanced-analytics.kds icon icon--alarm icon icon--alarm icon--alert icon icon--alert icon--alt-text.kds icon icon--arrow-down.kds icon icon--arrow-down icon icon--arrow-down icon--arrow-left-2 icon icon--arrow-left.kds icon icon--arrow-left icon icon--arrow-left icon--arrow-right.kds icon icon--arrow-right icon icon--arrow-right icon--arrow-up-right icon icon--arrow-up-right icon--arrow-up.kds icon icon--arrow-up icon icon--arrow-up icon--backer-badge icon icon--backer-badge icon--bar-graph.kds icon icon--bell.kds icon icon--bell icon icon--bell icon--bold.kds icon icon--bolt.kds icon icon--bolt icon icon--bolt icon--bookmark-filled.kds icon icon--bookmark-outline icon icon--bookmark-outline icon--bookmark.kds icon icon--bookmark icon icon--bookmark icon--bulleted-list.kds icon icon--calculator icon icon--calculator icon--calendar-check icon icon--calendar-check icon--calendar.kds icon icon--calendar.sm.kds icon icon--calendar icon icon--calendar icon--campaign-outline icon icon--campaign-outline icon--caption.kds icon icon--captions.kds icon icon--cart.kds icon icon--category.kds icon icon--category.sm.kds icon icon--chat.kds icon icon--check.kds icon icon--check.sm.kds icon icon--check icon icon--check icon--chevron-down.kds icon icon--chevron-down.sm.kds icon icon--chevron-down icon icon--chevron-down icon--chevron-left.kds icon icon--chevron-left.sm.kds icon icon--chevron-left icon icon--chevron-left icon--chevron-right.kds icon icon--chevron-right.sm.kds icon icon--chevron-right icon icon--chevron-right icon--chevron-up.kds icon icon--chevron-up.sm.kds icon icon--chevron-up icon icon--chevron-up icon--circle-around.kds icon icon--circle-around icon icon--circle-around icon--circle-back icon icon--circle-back icon--circle-backward.kds icon icon--circle-check icon icon--circle-empty icon icon--circle-forward.kds icon icon--circle-forward icon icon--circle-forward icon--circle-loader icon Page 1 icon--circle.kds icon icon--circle icon icon--clipboard icon icon--clipboard icon--clock.kds icon icon--clock.sm.kds icon icon--clock icon icon--clock icon--close.kds icon icon--close.sm.kds icon icon--closed-caption icon icon--closed-caption icon--code icon icon--code icon--collapse.kds icon icon--collapse icon icon--collapse icon--commissions icon icon--commissions icon--compass icon icon--compass icon--confirmation icon icon--confirmation icon--conversion.kds icon icon--conversion icon icon-conversion icon--copy.kds icon icon--cpu icon icon--credit-card.kds icon icon--credit-card icon icon--cross icon icon--cross icon--curve-right icon icon--curve-right icon--date-and-time.kds icon icon--date-and-time.sm.kds icon icon--delta-down icon icon--delta-down icon--delta-left icon icon--delta-left icon--delta-right icon icon--delta-right icon--delta-up icon icon--delta-up icon--download.kds icon icon--download icon icon--download icon--drag.kds icon icon--edit.kds icon icon--ellipsis.kds icon icon--ellipsis icon icon--error.kds icon icon--error.sm.kds icon icon--expand.kds icon icon--expand icon icon--expand icon--external.kds icon icon--external.sm.kds icon icon--external icon icon--external icon--eye icon icon--eye icon--facebook icon icon--facebook icon--filter icon icon--filter icon--filters.kds icon icon--flag-outline icon icon--flag.kds icon icon--flag.sm.kds icon icon--flag icon icon--flag icon--forward-fund icon icon--frown-filled icon icon--frown icon icon--fulfillment.kds icon icon--gear icon icon--gear icon--globe-africa icon icon--globe-africa icon--globe-america icon icon--globe-america icon--globe-asia icon icon--globe-asia icon--globe.kds icon icon--graph-bar icon icon--graph-bar icon--graph-line icon icon--graph-line icon--hamburger.kds icon icon--hamburger icon icon--happy-filled icon icon--happy icon icon--header-anchor icon icon--heading.kds icon icon--heading icon icon--heart-filled.kds icon icon--heart-filled.sm.kds icon icon--heart-outline icon icon--heart outline icon--heart-thin-outline icon Fill 1 icon--heart.kds icon icon--heart.sm.kds icon icon--heart icon icon--heart icon--heartstrings-and-hardbacks icon icon--hide.kds icon icon--home-with-door icon icon--home.kds icon icon--home icon icon--home icon--human.kds icon icon--human.sm.kds icon icon--human icon icon--human icon--humans.kds icon icon--humans icon icon--humans icon--image.kds icon icon--image icon icon--image icon--inbox.kds icon icon--inbox icon icon--inbox icon--indeterminate icon icon--info.kds icon icon--info.sm.kds icon icon--info icon icon--info icon--instagram icon icon/instagram icon--intermediate.kds icon icon--intermediate.sm.kds icon icon--italic.kds icon icon--late-pledges.kds icon icon--late-pledges.sm.kds icon icon--lightbulb.kds icon icon--lightbulb icon icon--lightbulb icon--line-graph.kds icon icon--link.kds icon icon--link icon icon--link icon--location.kds icon icon--location.sm.kds icon icon--lock-black-bg icon lock-icon icon--lock icon icon--lock icon--locked.kds icon icon--locked.sm.kds icon icon--log-out.kds icon icon--long-story-short icon icon--mail icon icon--mail icon--make-100 icon icon--media-embed.kds icon icon--meh-filled icon icon--meh icon icon--menu icon icon--menu icon--message.kds icon icon--message icon icon--message icon--milestone-dfm icon icon--milestone-idea icon icon--milestone-preprod icon icon--milestone-prod icon icon--milestone-proof-of-concept icon icon--milestone-working-prototype icon icon--minus.kds icon icon--mobile.kds icon icon--mobile icon icon--mobile icon--mute.kds icon icon--numbered-list.kds icon icon--order-management.kds icon icon--overflow icon icon--overflow icon--pause.kds icon icon--pause icon icon--pause icon--pencil icon icon--pencil icon--pie-chart icon icon--pin.kds icon icon--pin icon icon--pin icon--pinterest icon icon--pinterest icon--play-filled.kds icon icon--play.kds icon icon--play icon icon--play icon--pledges.kds icon icon--plus-human.kds icon icon--plus-human icon icon--plus-human icon--plus.kds icon icon--plus icon icon--plus icon--prohibit icon icon--prohibit icon--prohibited.kds icon icon--project-budget icon icon--project-we-love icon icon--pull-quote icon icon--pull-quote icon--pullquote.kds icon icon--question-filled icon icon--question-filled icon--question.kds icon icon--question icon icon--question icon--reorder icon icon-reorder icon--reply.kds icon icon--reply icon icon--reply icon--reward.kds icon icon--reward.sm.kds icon icon--reward icon icon--save icon icon--save icon--saved icon icon--saved icon--search.kds icon icon--search icon icon--search icon--section-break icon icon--section-break icon--sentiment-neutral-filled.kds icon icon--sentiment-neutral.kds icon icon--sentiment-satisfied-filled.kds icon icon--sentiment-satisfied.kds icon icon--sentiment-unsatisfied-filled.kds icon icon--sentiment-unsatisfied.kds icon icon--settings.kds icon icon--shipping.kds icon icon--show.kds icon icon--small-k icon icon--sound-hi icon icon--sound-hi icon--sound-lo icon icon--sound-lo icon--sound-mute icon icon--sound-mute icon--spinner.kds icon icon--star-outline icon Star Outline icon--star.kds icon icon--star.sm.kds icon icon--star icon icon--star icon--stopwatch.kds icon icon--subtitles-captions icon icon--subtitles-captions icon--success.kds icon icon--success.sm.kds icon icon--survey-multiple-choice.kds icon icon--survey-open-text.kds icon icon--survey-single-choice.kds icon icon--survey.kds icon icon--tax-documents.kds icon icon--text-bold icon icon--text-bold icon--text-bullet icon icon--text-bullet icon--text-italic icon icon--text-italic icon--textalign-centered icon icon--textalign-centered icon--textalign-right icon icon--textalign-right icon--thumbs-down icon icon--thumbs-down icon--thumbs-up icon icon--thumbs-up icon--thumbsdown-outline icon icon--thumbsdown-outline icon--thumbsup-outline icon icon--thumbsup-outline icon--timeline-to-do.kds icon icon--trash.kds icon icon--trash icon icon--trash icon--tumblr icon icon--tumblr icon--twitter icon icon--twitter icon--unlink.kds icon icon--unlink icon Artboard icon--unlock icon icon--unlock icon--unlocked.kds icon icon--unlocked.sm.kds icon icon--update-freeform-round icon icon--update-freeform-round icon--update-freeform icon icon--update-freeform icon--update-pinned icon Artboard icon--update-qa-round icon icon--update-qa-round icon--update-qa icon icon--update-qa icon--upload.kds icon icon--upload icon icon--upload icon--video.kds icon icon--video icon icon--video icon--volume-down.kds icon icon--volume-up.kds icon icon--warning.kds icon icon--warning.sm.kds icon icon--warning icon icon--witchstarter icon icon--youtube icon icon--youtube icon--zine-quest icon icon-imagealign-center icon icon-imagealign-center icon-imagealign-left icon icon-imagealign-left icon-imagealign-right icon icon-imagealign-right info icon Combined Shape Copy instagram icon instagram copy kickstarter icon Artboard Copy 5 leaf icon leaf lightbulb icon icon--lightbulb link icon Combined Shape Copy 8 loading-spin icon lock icon Combined Shape Copy 4 mail icon Combined Shape map-pin icon Fill 1 menu icon Group message icon Fill 1 Copy 12 mobile icon Page 1 Copy 2 pause icon pause copy pencil icon Combined Shape Copy 3 pin icon Combined Shape Copy 11 pinterest icon pinterest play icon play copy plus-human icon icon--plus-human plus icon Fill 1 Copy 7 question icon Combined Shape Copy 14 search icon Fill 1 Copy 11 shapeshift icon share icon Fill 1 Copy slash icon solid-arrow icon solid-arrow sound-hi icon Combined Shape sound-lo icon Combined Shape sound-mute icon Combined Shape star icon Fill 1 Copy 2 stopwatch icon Group 2 thumbs-up icon Shape tools icon Shape trash icon Combined Shape tumblr icon tumblr copy twitter icon twitter copy user icon Artboard Copy 10 volume-up icon Artboard Copy 9 warning icon Combined Shape Copy 10 write icon Artboard Copy 11 x icon Fill 1 Copy 4 youtube icon Combined Shape