Fair Faces

Freya with the letter FFor the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m having Fun with Fonts. Each day I’ll feature a few I like based on either the look of the font or its name. I’ll also pick a font to inspire one of my tweet tales

When I was a wee lass, I had a Sesame Street sign language book that taught some of the basic signs, which I spent hours memorizing. As the years passed, I forgot most of what I learned, but I made sure to remember the alphabet because, even if I had to fingerspell everything, I wanted to be able to communicate if I met someone who was hard of hearing. I’ve only actually met two people so far, and since they both had hearing aids and read lips with impressive skill, I never had to break out my slow and awkward fingerspelling. Anyway, I thought it was cool that one of the F fonts is Finger Signing. In addition to showing the position of the fingers, it also has the letter in the corner, so you can easily learn the ASL alphabet from the font.

Finger Signing

The next one just makes me laugh – it’s letters formed out of band-aids and is called First Aid. That’s what most of my first aid looks like, too: slap a bunch of band-aids on the problem and hope for the best.

First Aid

This next one has the most boring name so far: Filled ABC. I mean, yes, it certainly describes the font, but it doesn’t capture the variety of patterns that give it visual interest. I think it would look way more awesome if it had colors, but even in black and white it reminds me of the bold patterns in Aboriginal art.
Filled ABC
 
In today’s hypersensitive culture, some might be offended by the name Fat Boy Smiles, but for me, all those happy faces do their job and make me grin. I don’t think it’s possible to be in a bad mood while typing with this font. 
Fat Boy Smiles
 
I was drawn to Fair Faces because the first novel I wrote was a YA Horror set at the fair (I called it A Fair to Remember – hee!). Although it’s been ‘drawered’ for years, I’ve recently pulled it out to see if I can salvage it. Maybe I’ll use this font for chapter headings to inspire me. But for now, I’ll use it to inspire my tweet tale, although it’s not so much a tale but a tweet synopsis of the novel.
Fair Faces
It’s supposed to be a night of fun at the fair, but for a teen hounded by fear, the line between shrieks of joy & cries of terror is blurry.
 
What do you think of these fonts? Do they inspire any stories in your mind? How Fantastic is Freya with her letter F?

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Shine Kapoor's picture

I am fascinated to know that you taught sign language. I believe those who have lost any sense are strong with their existing senses. A deaf person should be good at reading lip sync. A blind person should be good at sensing touch.
Nice post

Natalie Aguirre's picture

We didn't have Sesame Street when I was growing up but my daughter loved it. Awesome you learned sign language from one if its books.

stu's picture

The fonts are nice, although showier fonts like that probably matter less in terms of impact on me than the ones I feel I can use when writing from day to day. Those can change a lot of what I'm writing.

Sheri Larsen's picture

Love the fonts you've chosen. My youngest began learning sign language during his earliest months; I think 9 to 10 months or so. It was the best thing ever! I really made us think and helped him develop other aspects of his brain.

Great post!

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Kim Van Sickler's picture

I have the utmost respect for people who sign. I took a course once and our final was to sign a song. My fingers have never been so tired.

Sue Kuentz's picture

I love ALL of your fonts - that each bring different stories to mind. It's your sign language font that reminds me of the total fad it was in my high school days to talk to our friends in class using only sign language. I loved it because I felt included in "dual language" class. I was terrible in Spanish - couldn't roll my r's and certainly didn't get the best grades. But sign language? Amazing! Love your blog!

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Valued Visitor's picture

I have a special needs grandson so all of us learned to sign.We started teaching the cousins when they were 7 months old. They were amazing. The special needs child, refuses to sign:)
I laughed at Fat Boy. My husband just bought a Harley Fat Boy.

Kari's picture

I'm a fan of fonts too! (And of putting birthday hats on dogs.)

Carrie-Anne's picture

I like Fair Faces and Filled ABC. Finger Signing is also pretty cool. I have an older friend who does ASL interpreting, and have always been fascinated by the blind-deaf, who need finger-spelling and don't have the option of ASL.

Tina's picture

I like the sign language font. One of my friends knew sign language and she taught us some rudimentary signs so we could communicate in dance clubs. That's about as far as I ever got in learning sign, but it sure was useful!

Lexa Cain's picture

These are delightful. The band-aid one really put a smile on my face - so clever and silly! :)

maggie winter's picture

Love the First aid and fat boy smiles, really good.
On the A to Z Challenge Maggie@expatbrazil.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

The sign language book was very simple - mostly colors, shapes, pleasantries, family titles (mom, dad, etc) - so I never would have been able to carry on a conversation, but it was still a great thing for a kid to experience. 

Donna McNicol [@dbmcnicol]'s picture

I am having a blast seeing all these wonderful fonts you've found!

Donna B. McNicol
A to Z Participant

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, I'm having fun sharing them!

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