is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe, Design Chair at Wildcard and co-founder of Kidpost. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired by Etsy, Inc.), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children. Refer to the advertising and sponsorship page for inquiries.+
I’m always a little suspicious of philanthropic graphic design projects. The profession is generally so preoccupied with prettying up useless goods to be sold at premium prices that when it endeavors to do something actually worthwhile, the effort often looks superficial and disingenuous. This novel project from The Arrels Foundation seems to have some ring of that, but that may just be my cynicism coming through, because its concept is fairly clever.
Homeless Fonts works with homeless people from the streets of Barcelona to translate the handwriting they use on their signs into typefaces. The hope is that advertising agencies and corporations will use license the resulting works, with the proceeds going back into programs to help the homeless. The results are often distinctive and quite elegant.
There are five typefaces from five different people so far, and each is accompanied by beautiful photo portraits and a brief overview of that person’s story. The site also showcases people who are in need of typographers to help them create their own fonts. More at homelessfonts.org.+