NEED SUPPORT for Words of Type, an online and multilingual encyclopaedia for typographic terms.

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Hello everyone,

Even though this is not an “event” so to speak, but somewhat is...

Many of you here might have seen news about Words of Type already, here or on other media.
I’ve posted about Words of Type a few days ago already in the “Resource” discussion topic, and thought that it might be good to post it here too, for more 👀

To respond to a need for more accessible typographic knowledge — and not only for Latin script but many many more — I created a project that I could only dream of during my graphic design student years. An encyclopedia of typography, translated (accurately and well written) into multiple languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean), illustrated, and freely accessible as a website!
 
There are already plenty of great books about (Latin) typography and type design. I have many (but unfortunately no ALL of them!), and as the main source from which I’ve learned about typography (and also life), I LOVE books. But for these fields that are — now more than ever — in constant evolution, a physical version would bring too many down sides. Especially for the many other languages that can join, and more words to be added. Also, there is our need for quality international communication, easier access to typographic knowledge for scripts other than Latin, access to other people than type designers only, so I thought that an online version for such resource is the best. Maybe printed goods may exist in the future, but I’ll do things one at a time.

I’ve already worked on many aspects and invested a lot of personal savings for Words of Type to “sprout”, but this project needs the expertise and work from many people including me (translation, proofreading, illustrations, web development, etc.). To work with everyone in a decent collaboration (can’t for such help for free!), I need to collect 50k€... I know this is a huge amount, but for such kind of website, I made my best to lower the budget to as low as reasonably possible.
So I launched a fundraising on Kickstarter some two weeks ago. So far, the campaign is 25% funded as the moment I’m writing this message. There are still (or, for me, ONLY) 11 days left before it ends.

I know that Kickstarter campaigns have many risks, especially with such a high goal. And I could’ve gone for sponsorship systems, from individuals and/or companies right away instead.
But I think that having Words of Type — a project for people — to be initially funded by people, is a good idea. There are a few plan Bs that I’m thinking of, more and more seriously these days, given the higher risk now that the campaign may fail... 😭 But I keep faith in it, we never know... There is still a bit of time! 🤞

Please join the effort to help make this become true!

Thank you! and Merci beaucoup !

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  • Lisa Huang
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    Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hellolisahuang/words-of-type
    Minisite with additional info on rewards: https://www.wordsoftype.com/
    Instagram: @words_of_type

    ❤️


  • Craig Eliason
    Craig Eliason Posts: 1,410
    edited October 2023
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    Good luck Lisa, hope the campaign succeeds!
    I'm reminded of Legros & Grant, Typographical Printing Surfaces (1916), one of my favorite vintage type reference books (fully available on Google Books). The Appendix III is almost 20 pages of type terms with their equivalents in French and German.

  • Thierry Blancpain
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  • Lisa Huang
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    Good luck Lisa, hope the campaign succeeds!
    I'm reminded of Legros & Grant, Typographical Printing Surfaces (1916), one of my favorite vintage type reference books (fully available on Google Books). The Appendix III is almost 20 pages of type terms with their equivalents in French and German.


    Thanks a lot Craig for the reference book! Adding that to my list of very useful resource :D
    Supported

    Thank you very much Thierry! 💖
  • Lisa Huang
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    Dear TypeDrawers people,

    There are only FIVE days left before the fundraiser ends on Kickstarter. We’ve reached so far only 38% to the goal. I know it may seem very risky by now, but it is STILL ongoing, so I keep faith in it! Having such project—that aims to be useful to people—to be initially funded thanks to a collective effort seems to be the best way to start.
    That being said, even if it fails, I’ll keep looking for solutions to make it happen.

    So, here is another attempt to convince those who need to 😀

    Words of Type’s agenda is to have typographic knowledge made more:
    ACCESSIBLE
    - with easy-to-understand descriptions, written by multiple pairs of hands, eyes, brains
    - a digital format to be handy at all times, from everywhere

    INSTRUCTIVE
    - with didactic illustrations
    - with useful references for further digging (books, works, articles, and more)

    INTERNATIONAL
    - available in multiple languages (and more to come over time)
    - by bringing forward a more diverse typographic knowledge

    and... FREE
    - thanks to a collective effort to keep access to such knowledge free.

    It DOES NOT aim to be the unique reference for everything related to typography, nor a competitor to every awesome resource there is already, but more of a sidekick helper that makes access to all these easier and more international!

    If the campaign succeeds, the first version of Words of Type will contain:
    - 200 words explained (listed in the attached image)
    - available in seven languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean)
    - more than half of the words illustrated

    Further updates will contain:
    - addition of 200 words MINIMUM
    - addition of languages & scripts extensions (depending on the future supports)
    - addition of illustrations

    Please let me know if you have any questions or opinions to share. Anything that can help to improve this project is very much welcome.

    And PLEASE CONTRIBUTE! 💖 THANK YOU!


  • Simon Cozens
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    Lisa: Sent you a DM with some thoughts.