The Society of Typographic Aficionados (@typesociety) is organizing Font Aid VI: Aster Affects. They’re looking for submissions (deadline: Saturday, 17 November 2012) of a single asterisk glyph. This project will produce a symbol typeface of asterisks, submitted by type designers from around the world. Sales of the resultant typeface will help raise funds for Red Cross (@RedCross) relief efforts after the events of Hurricane Sandy. As of the moment I write this post, over 100 designers from more than 20 countries have submitted designs, including myself!
Update 15 Apr 2013: The symbol font Aster Affects is now available on the SOTA Store! Over 250 designers from 41 countries contributed glyphs to the project. Behind the scenes, volunteers Neil Summerour (@positype), Delve Withrington (@delvew), and Grant Hutchinson (@splorp) compiled, assembled, and tested what would become the final typeface. @johnlyttle posted an image on flickr of all the asterisks in the font.
Update December 2013: I also submitted a glyph for Font Aid VII to support relief efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
Here’s an image of what I submitted. This design was based on the aesthetic of one of my typeface ideas, sitting on the sidelines, waiting to be worked on. Simple wavy curves and angles, started from unexpectedly drawing a nice V that I liked. At small sizes, the curves disappear, of course; I think I like that. With more time, I’d probably make subtle adjustments and actually review proofs. It’ll likely end up in that typeface, once it comes off the sidelines.