We are Lanna Innovation Co., Ltd., a Thailand publishing company. Several years ago we created Thai Consonant Cards and Thai Vowel Cards. These cards help non-Thai speakers learn how to read and write the standard Central Thai Script.
Since publishing these cards, we've gotten a lot of feedback regarding the many ways that so many Thai fonts used in Thailand don't look like the standard Thai font that we used. There is an enormous diversity in Thai fonts (typefaces) found in Thailand, and used everywhere, from Thai movie posters, to Thai advertisements, to Thai signage of all kinds, to Thai restaurant menus. Unfortunately, even if someone learns the fonts used in standard Thai by the government, in use on websites, and in books, that is not enough to be able to read Thai in Thailand.
We had to start by curating a Thai Font Collection which would meet the needs for the Thai Font Poster. This font collection took on a life of its own and we are pleased to include over 300 font files in 98 font families, which are free to download and use, and found at: https://lanna.io/thai-font-collection/
From these fonts we selected 20 which showcase the variety and diversity of Thai fonts found in Thailand. With those twenty, we created a two-sided, two-color Thai Font Poster which displays side-by-side all representative characters as found on Thai keyboards and mobile devices.
On one side are the 44 consonants, and on the other side are representative vowel characters, tone marks, punctuation, and the Thai numbers (another 38 characters). Because some Thai vowels use parts of other Thai vowels, not all vowels need to be displayed to show the variation between the fonts (for example, เอา has เอ and อา).
We need your help to make these posters a reality. The funds generated will help pay for the initial minimum print run of these posters. As a reward, Kickstarter backers will receive a printed copy of the Thai Font Poster at a substantial discount off the lowest Internet price, and off of the price available in Thailand. We include International shipping in all rewards that include a printed Thai Font Poster.
The Kickstarter reward prices are 22% off the retail price. These prices are exclusive to Kickstarter backers. All rewards include free international shipping.
Risks and challenges
Nearly all of the design and artwork is complete, zero risk in completion. We have been printing and shipping out our Thai Language Cards for several years, and are working with the same printer as in the past.
One risk would be some delay in printing, due to unforeseen circumstances. We don't expect this, but there is a greater than zero chance this could happen. If something catastrophic were to happen, there would likely be no more than a one month additional delay (for example, needing to change printers).
Shipping is fairly reliable from Thailand to much of the rest of the world. Very few of the items we ship experience an extended delay, and there is maybe 1 in 200 items that are actually lost. For anyone experiencing this, we will need to reship the item, which might mean an additional six weeks delay. Unlikely, but not impossible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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