Homeless fonts

A series of typefaces has been created by homeless people and is being sold to raise awareness and funds to tackle issues around homelessness.

Homelessfonts

Source: Homelessfonts

The Homelessfonts.org initiative has been launched by Barcelona-based The Arrels Foundation, which works with homeless people in the city, and ad agency The Cyranos McCann.

The typefaces are all based on the hand-writing of homeless people.

Sometimes we all need a little help

Source: Homelessfonts

Sometimes we all need a little help

Those behind the initiative hope that individuals and companies will buy the different fonts and that their use will raise awareness of homelessness issues. Any money made, meanwhile, will go to support the work of the Arrels Foundation.

To create the typefaces, a series of workshops was held, in which participants worked on typographic exercises.

Loraine creating her typeface

Source: Homelessfonts

Loraine creating her typeface

Their writing was then scanned and converted into usable fonts. So far around ten have been created.

Loraine, a participant in the scheme, says, ‘I never though my typeface could be worth anything. Thanks to this project I’ve discovered that my writing is nice enough for a brand like [food company] Valonga to take an interest in it and use it on their products.’

Homelessfonts

Source: Homelessfonts

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All the typefaces are available at www.homelessfonts.org.

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