How Typography Can Help In A Crisis

How Typography Can Help In A Crisis
Arts & Culture

A look at how typography can be pivotal in helping after traumatic events, make less of a negative environmental impact, and help people with dyslexia.

Emma Hutchings
  • 15 november 2012

Typefaces can be useful for a wide variety of situations, such as raising funds for relief efforts, making less of an environmental impact, and even helping people with dyslexia read easier. Flavorwire posted a great article about typefaces that have been designed for unconventional purposes. Below are a few examples:

Font Aid VI: Aster Affects‘ is a project that’s uniting the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy by creating a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks.

‘Ecofont’, which has been introduced by Dutch communications company Spranq, is an environmentally-friendly typeface that saves on ink by reducing the surface area of the letters.

Typefaces That Serve A Greater Purpose

‘Cisalpin’, a typeface designed by Swiss designer Felix Arnold, is the optimal font for mapmaking. It is a narrow, space-saving design that’s legible at dramatically different sizes.

Dyslexie‘ has been designed by typographer Christian Boer for those who suffer from dyslexia. The typeface makes individual characters distinct from one another so dyslexics find it easier to distinguish between them.

Check out the video below to learn more about Dyslexie:


Photo by Kevin Lawver

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