We all know Haiti is having a really bad time right now and most people want to do something to help out in some way or another. Being as most of us are graphic designers, Font Aid IV is a great project that we all could easily lend a few minutes to help out with. Time is short, but see if you can lend a few minutes to send them a ampersand design for the font.
Font Aid IV: Coming Together, a Collaborative Typeface
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is announcing the launch of Font Aid IV, a project uniting the typographic and design communities in raising funds to expedite relief efforts in Haiti. Everyone is encouraged to help the cause by spreading the word to friends and colleagues.
Type designers, graphic designers and other artists from around the world are invited to contribute artwork to be included in a typeface created exclusively for the Font Aid IV effort. The theme of Font Aid IV is “Coming Together” which we will represented though a font consisting entirely of ampersands. Coming Together will be made available for sale, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. SOTA, a US-based non-profit, is acting as a non-partisan organizing body to help coordinate the effort and ensure all funds are distributed appropriately.
To participate: Submit a black and white “ampersand” icon for the benefit font. It should be a vector image file, not a bitmap. Keep it simple, not too crazy. Send it in EPS format to email@example.com by 01/29/10.
YouWorkForThem was founded and has been directed for the past eight years by Michael Paul Young & Michael Cina. In the final quarter of 2009, Michael Paul Young was elected the new President/Creative Director and Michael Cina stepped down to focus on his own personal ventures.
Resulting from the new leadership, there will be several changes forthcoming. Rest assured that YWFT will remain the same great design shop it has been since day one, and will continue to develop exclusive products in house and create custom work for clients on a select basis. Additionally, however, Mr. Young will also expand and improve several segments of the company. Already in the two months since he assumed control, Mr. Young has overseen a re-design of this website, added almost one hundred new font and stock products to the store, created the Book Archive, added new Font/Stock Art Licensing options and engaged in a new collaboration/partnership with Need Supply Co.
YouWorkForThem hopes you are looking forward to the upcoming years, and thanks you for all your support and patronage.
It is that time again where we count down from 1 to 10, our top selling fonts of the past year. While we see a shift in what was hot in 2009 versus the year before, we also see favorites from 2008 still holding on strong. With no more wait, let us begin! Read more…
We mentioned a few posts ago some big changes were coming in 2010, and over the next few weeks I will be announcing many of these. One of the interesting new things will be our recent new creative collaboration with our friends Read more…
Interesting recent event with the graffiti artist Zevs. It seems he was recently in Hong Kong working on a war of the brands project, and got nabbed by the local police. Read more over at Cool Hunting.
Update Shortly after we posted this, we launched The YouWorkForThem Book Archive in response to everyones comments. We hope you enjoy this new section of design information.
The Bad News
This year has been a strange one for YWFT, that is for sure. As 2009 brought us many new challenges with the economy, we have been able to tough out yet another economic disaster (we started YWFT right after 9/11). This of course would not have been possible if some changes were not made. The most noticeable and recent change was the removal of the books section on our site. When we went online back in 2002, the book section was quite popular and very successful. While we as a company never really made much profit on our books (no gold teeth as of yet), we loved having access to these books in-house, supporting the designers and providing great inspiration for our many customers. Around 2007 though, Read more…
A recent internal project required us to create this file of over 75 national flags in vector and raster format. We are now giving this away and hoping it may help someone else out there. The file is saved in Adobe Illustrator CS1 format and can be used anyway you like. Some images were found from various sources online, many were drawn from scratch by YouWorkForThem. Download Freebie
One of our very talented customers just let us know they used the font Ivory (by Facetype) for a recent project. The result is a very nice example of Ivory’s beauty when combined with such beautiful filming. Have you use one of our fonts/stock in a project? Share it with us!