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Over at The Scriptorium we’re as shocked and horrified as everyone else by the magnitude of the disaster in New Orleans and Mississippi and we want to do what we can to help. Since we make fonts, we’re going to put those fonts to work for disaster relief and offer a little incentive bonus for supporting the Red Cross.

We have several fonts which are associated in one way or another with the city of New Orleans. Each day during the next week we’re going to take all proceeds from the sales of one of those fonts and donate it to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. We’ll change fonts every couple of days so you can donate more than once and get more than one cool font for your efforts. At the end of the period we’ll total up the donations and pointlessly declare one of the fonts the winner – but hopefully everyone wins with this plan, since the Red Cross gets money and font fans get fonts while helping out the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The first font we’re featuring is Ironworks, which has the look of letters made from wrought iron fence in the style for which New Orleans’ Garden District is famous. This is also a new, slightly improved version of the font, featuring some special characters which can be put together to make a decorative wrought iron fence border. In addition to the New Orleans connection, Ironworks is naturally great for Halloween, which is coming up frighteningly soon.

To order Ironworks for MacOS or Windows just go to our Main Page and follow the link from ther eto order. You can stop back by in a few days to see the next font and get an update on how the fundraising is going. Orders are secure and we take all major credit cards and PayPal.

You can also make donations direct to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through a link here at Blogcritics, and you can also donate by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW.

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  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    So far this fundraising effort has been going really well. Thanks to all the BC readers who’ve stopped by and taken part.

    Dave

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    This is a good idea, Dave. Maybe there’s hope for your compassion toward your fellow humans yet.

    Maybe you should also consider giving people free fonts if they give you a receipt that they’ve already donated to the Red Cross or Salvation Army as well if they’re wary about making sure the money goes to the right place? Maybe you can offer them a credit they can use in addition to whatever other purchases they might want to make if they’re so inclined to buy more fonts, for whatever reason.

    That is all.

  • Shark

    Looks like marketing to me.

    (And “Ironworks” has to be the ugliest font in history — especially the “K” — which could stand for “kerning” — something that apparently eludes you.)

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Dave your first comment is obviously a lie.

  • Shark

    All marketing people are liars; it’s their job.

  • Shark

    BTW: This might be one of the most despicable and shamless posts in the history of Blogcritics.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Ironworks is fully kerned, Shark – it has about 400 kerning pairs. And yeah, it’s not the most aesthetic font ever, but it’s interesting and it’s appropriate. The problem with the k isn’t kerning anyway, it’s just kind of a dorky looking character.

    >>Dave your first comment is obviously a lie.<<

    How does that compute, Temple? Do you have some way of hacking into our ordering system to assess how many sales of the font we’ve had? Just stay tuned. I’m going to do a full daily report on what we raise.

    Dave

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Shark, you have to take his word for it.
    No one, even outraged white male Dave Nalle (your bitter enemy), could be that horrible. I believe Dave’s doing what he says he’s doing.

    Apparently Temple doesn’t?

    As long as he’s helping donate, I don’t mind if he gets a little added business. I think the “show a donation receipt, get a font” thing might be the more credible way to go, though.

    That is all.

  • Shark

    IRONY OF THE DAY:

    DaveNalle constantly accuses the dreaded “left” of shamelessly exploiting a “non-partisan” natural disaster (Katrina) — and YET here he is posting ads, giving self-serving confessions of his capitalist sacrifices, and publicly acting like he’s some kind of unique philanthropist.

    Feh. What a [deleted].

  • Shark

    Booey, to be so ‘smart’ — you’re damned gullible on occasion.

    That is all.

  • Shark

    Dave’s first true statement today:

    [the “K”] “…it’s just kind of a dorky looking character.”

    You got that right.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Sharky poo, I’m not gullible. I’m just not prepared to assume the worst about human nature.

    Of course the thought you and Temple had might have occurred to me, but I quickly dismissed it.

    Dave may be a right-wing ideologue, but he’s not a moral monster who’d lie and exploit tragedy. And I think it’s offensive to assume anyone would do that without reason to — plus, it’d be boderline illegal and Dave’s smart enough to know that.

    Dave’s donating the money he gets from those fonts and this is the most charitable you’ll ever see him, so take what you can get.

    That is all.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>This is a good idea, Dave. Maybe there’s hope for your compassion toward your fellow humans yet.< <

    I already made a substantial donation of my own, as well as donating a bunch of clothes and canned goods to a local group which is going to truck them out to Louisiana over the weekend, but this seems like a good idea as well.

    >>Maybe you should also consider giving people free fonts if they give you a receipt that they’ve already donated to the Red Cross or Salvation Army as well if they’re wary about making sure the money goes to the right place? < <

    I kind of like to think people ought to be able to trust me, but something along those lines might be possible - the problem would be verifying the donations. I know the Red Cross uses a verification number system, but I don't see any way of verifying donations using that number. I'll look into it, though.

    >>Maybe you can offer them a credit they can use in addition to whatever other purchases they might want to make if they’re so inclined to buy more fonts, for whatever reason.<<

    I’d rather not have any implication that they’re obligated to buy anything beyond the donation font. Doesn’t seem right to me.

    Dave

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    marketing 101 – pretend to care.

    We have a big Donate Paypal button already for BC.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>DaveNalle constantly accuses the dreaded “left” of shamelessly exploiting a “non-partisan” natural disaster (Katrina) — and YET here he is posting ads, giving self-serving confessions of his capitalist sacrifices, and publicly acting like he’s some kind of unique philanthropist.<<

    Jesus Shark, I’m just trying to use what resources I have at my disposal to motivate and reward people for helping out. God forbid it should increase the level of donation by just a little bit.

    There’s no obligation for them to buy anything else from us, no strings attached, and no profit for us in it.

    Mind if I call you Scrooge?

    Dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>Dave may be a right-wing ideologue, but he’s not a moral monster who’d lie and exploit tragedy.< <

    Actually, I'm not even a right-wing ideologue. I'm a rational moderate who likes to see people tell the truth and dislikes outrageous partisan attacks.

    >>Dave’s donating the money he gets from those fonts and this is the most charitable you’ll ever see him, so take what you can get.<<

    Well, I do donate a couple of thousand dollars a year to various charities as well, but this is a special case.

    Dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>marketing 101 – pretend to care.< <

    Temple, you're [edited], aren't you.

    >>We have a big Donate Paypal button already for BC.<<

    Yes we do, Temple. But it doesn’t come with a reward for using it beyond the good feeling of donating. I’ve also got a donation link at my company site for those who want to donate more.

    Dave

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Wow, I never thought I’d be the one sticking up for Dave’s motivations here.

    If there’s already a donation button on BC, maybe then those who donated on here can get a free font from Dave if they e-mail him. I’m sure a list can be verified through Temple and Olsen of who donated.

    Does that sound like a fair compromise?

    If Dave gets a few extra customers, so be it. He’s trying, in his own libertarian right-wing way, to help beyond his own self-interest.

    Dave’s got weird ideas, but I’m sure he’s a decent man. It’s unfair to assume otherwise.

    That is all.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Temple, would you be willing to put up that you get a free font from Dave Nalle with every donation to the BC Red Cross link? If there’s a way to keep track of those things, maybe you two can work together to provide extra incentive to be charitable.

    That is all.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I certainly never expected to get attacked for trying to raise money for disaster relief. Strikes me as bizarre.

    But yes, if that BC donate link provides EricO with email addresses I’ll send all of those who donate $20 or more a link to download the font, and he’s welcome to promote that offer to attract more donations.

    Dave

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Thanks, Dave. That’s very noble of you and I’ll say I respect your willingness to help even if no one else does.

    Will you take him up on it, Temple and Olsen?

    That is all.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Actually, it means a hell of a lot less bookeeping for me than doing it through our website, assuming they can just provide a list of people to send the link to.

    Dave

  • http://www.thebmrant.com Matt

    “Actually, I’m not even a right-wing ideologue. I’m a rational moderate who likes to see people tell the truth and dislikes outrageous partisan attacks.”

    Dave—I might spot you the rational part. But you are not a moderate. C’mon.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Well, the far right certainly won’t have me since I’m a pro-choice, pro gay marriage atheist.

    Dave

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Gasp! How can I buy a font (however New-Orleans-inspired) from you now, Dave?!?

    [grin]

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Don’t worry, no fetuses were harmed in the creation of our fonts.

    Some of the responses here do remind me why I’ve made it a strict policy not to mix work and politics heretofore.

    Dave

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Never mind, it’s all part of the effort to get relief to Katrina’s victims, right?

    Kind of like the Catholic mantra: “Offer it up for the poor souls in Purgatory.”

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>Never mind, it’s all part of the effort to get relief to Katrina’s victims, right?< <

    That's what I thought, anyway.

    >>Kind of like the Catholic mantra: “Offer it up for the poor souls in Purgatory.”<<

    Hopefully money given to the Red Cross will be somewhat more effective than prayers or donations for souls in purgatory – if not we’re all in trouble.

    Dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Oh, and just for my pal Sharky I changed that ‘k’ to a look he may like better. Don’t want to offend his delicate sensibilities, plus I’ve never liked it much either.

    Dave

  • http://hrhlisa.typepad.com/ Lisa

    If Dave decides to offer his fonts to people who use our Red Cross link, I will be able to verify donors for him (I will not provide any info without permission from each donor, however).

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Lisa, I am more than willing to do that. And you don’t have to provide me with any info on the donors, I can provide you with a download link to forward on to them. I’ll send you an email.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    The first phase of this effort was pretty successful – at least exceeding my expectations. We raised $522 in 2 days (Click HERE to see Red Cross verification). Thanks to all who participated.

    Dave

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Great work, Dave!

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I was kind of hoping for more, but it’s a holiday weekend. My goal is $2000 at the end of the week.

    Dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I’ve made a followup post to this regarding the second font we have available to raise money for katrina related charity. It also includes some info on how this phase of the fundraising came out. You can find it here.

    Dave