type tuesday: Font Aid

Font Aid has initiated projects after some major disasters to help raise funds for the Red Cross. In response to the events of Hurricane Sandy, Font Aid is asking for submissions of asterisks and will be creating a typeface to be sold as a fundraiser. Get your submissions in by November 17.

Why the asterisk? An asterisk can denote something that requires attention — and an event of this magnitude and impact certainly deserves some attention. The asterisk can also provide *emphasis* to important information amidst fields of plain text. The root of the word comes from the Greekastēr or “star” - signifying hope and light. In computer terms, it’s a wildcard character … and hurricanes are certainly wild and unpredictable.