‘Ugly Gerry’ Is A Free, Not-So-Pretty Typeface Based On Gerrymandered Districts
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Aug 2019
Screenshot via Ugly Gerry
Your most abhorred typeface might not hold a candle to this objectively jarring font family that comes from a place beyond bad aesthetics.
Designed by creatives Ben Doessel and James Lee, the free-to-download ‘Ugly Gerry’ is a deliberately fugly typeface shaped out of gerrymandered US districts.
The duo believes that there are so many districts with boundaries being overstretched by politicians for greater competitive advantage, that there would be enough to create a whole font family.
“We noticed our district’s [Illinois] vague, but shaky U-shape, then after seeing other letters on the map, the idea hit us,” Doessel and Lee write in a press statement. “Let’s create a typeface so our districts can become digital graffiti that voters and politicians can’t ignore.”
In some instances, glyphs had to be manipulated by combining two districts together, but the behavior is on brand.
You can download ‘Ugly Gerry’ for free, “no rights reserved,” here.
It's here. GERRY. A font created by your congressional districts. Log on to https://t.co/WkuVp7oDpu and use the font to tell congress how happy you are that your vote doesn't matter. pic.twitter.com/j9U5W7qmTz— Gerry (@UglyGerry) July 23, 2019
[via Ugly Gerry]
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