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 !