Event: Crowd-Sourced Font Design

Posted on Mar 27, 2013
Event: Crowd-Sourced Font Design

Come play with us this Friday and Saturday!

I’ll be leading folks through this design experiment at BarCamp’s new Digital Interactivity and Mini-Maker Expo. If you’re not familiar with Barcamp, info about it is below too. BarCamp is 2 days – Friday evening and all day Saturday, 3/29-30. It’s a free event but fills up so register at the Eventbrite link.

This will be the second year I’m involved with BarCamp. In the past I’ve designed their logo and given a talk on Branding Your Start up.

On Friday 6:30-9pm, design a letter to contribute in the creation of a BarCamp Portland 7 font! Use a sharpie to draw a letter and post on the display wall.

Saturday morning, attendees will be able to vote for favorites (and sneak in some more designs). Late morning, voting closes and the most popular drawing for each letter will then be digitized and all characters combined and created into a custom font. Come to a 5–6pm session to view the final font, see how the font was made, and receive the final font file. Yay for crowd-sourced free design!

To my knowledge this has never been done before. This will be a quirky, funky, experimental typeface and it will be a ton of fun to see what the end result is.

Event Details

Friday 3/29, 6:30-9pm
Saturday 3/30, 8-6pm

Cost: $0 – it’s free!

Eliot Center, Buchanan Building
1226 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205

What is BarCamp?

BarCamp Portland is an unconference––a conference without set topics, until attendees create them. Every year we gather geeks of all stripes – hackers, artists, makers, bikers, farmers, and more: participants in local geek communities. The conference is entirely composed of attendee-generated sessions–bring your passion and share it with the rest of the community!

Topics often focus on but are not limited to early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, open data formats and other DIY/hacker/open culture themes.