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Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
Coexist Foundation Competition


LONDON (Reuters) — In response to grassroots outrage against the lowercase "t" in the Avant Garde type-font, the Coexist Foundation (www.coexistfoundation.net) has launched a competition to amend two letters in said type-font, in order to promote better understanding between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Christians and Jews.

According to Isabella Ward of the Coexist Foundation:
• Competition entrants may replace any two letters with a crescent and a Star of David, in both lowercase and uppercase forms.
• The letter "K"/"k" however must be left intact.
• In the further spirit of fairness the uppercase "T" must be modified to have the vertical element project above the horizontal element.
• In the Italic styles the "T", "t" and new letter shapes must remain upright, in order to avoid a skewed view of religion.
• No shapes from the tainted type-font Bookshelf Symbol 7 may be re-used.
• Consultation with Herb Lubalin is optional but encouraged.
• The competition entry fee is in the form of a modest tithe of 10% of year 2012 income.
• The winner of the competition will be awarded 10,000 blessings.

The Coexist Foundation competition has attracted controversy however. Type-font designer Matthew Margarinck has voiced his opposition to "spec work", the practice of providing servicing with no guarantee of compensation. Margarinck states: "Although it is unfortunate that Avant Garde exhibits a provocative Christian cross where the second-most-frequent English letter should reside, it remains that speculation is contrary to all major religions.”

However no controversy has arisen concerning any possible impact on the legibility of the resultant type-font. According to attorney Nick Femurr this is because Avant Garde is already impossible to read.

In order to facilitate submissions to the competition, the Coexist Foundation has produced a “before & after” sample showing one possible approach:

Representatives from Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Shinto, Jainism and Zoroastrianism were unavailable for comment.


Andreas Stötzner's picture
Joined: 12 Mar 2007 - 10:21am

April 1st.

Chris Lozos's picture
Joined: 25 Feb 2004 - 11:00am

Fools gold ;-)