MFAST Alum Melanie M. Rodgers Contributes to Font Aid Project “Aster Effects”

Melanie M. Rodgers (MFAST ’02) is a contributor to the latest Font Aid project, “Aster Effects,” a collection of glyphs whose sales benefit Hurricane Sandy victims by SOTA (Society of Typographic Afficionados). Her contribution is the capital F.

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck portions of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States with a vengeance. Sandy was the largest Atlantic “superstorm” on record and is currently ranked as the second costliest Atlantic hurricane, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In response, SOTA organized “Font Aid VI: Aster Effects,” a project uniting the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy. The project theme was represented in a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks and other star-inspired symbols. Over 250 designers from 41 countries contributed glyphs to the project.

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 Greek astēr or “star” — signifying hope and light. In computer terms, it’s a wildcard character … and hurricanes are certainly wild and unpredictable.

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type, its history and development, its use in the world of print and digital imagery, its designers, and its admirers.

– text taken from SOTA website

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