Curated by Lebanese designer Dr. Nadine Chahine, the typeface Li Beirut has more than 300 glyphs drawn by 157 designers from all around the world. Among the contributors are award winning designers such as Jean-François Porchez, Jessica Hische, Erik Spiekermann, Martina Flor, Tobias Frere-Jones, Hannes von Doehren, Erin McLaughlin, Erik van Blokland, Petr van Blokland, Martin Majoor, Neil Summerour, Toshi Omagari, and David Berlow. Arabic designers include Mamoun Sakkal, Bahia Shehab, Pascal Zoghbi, Khajag Apelian, Wael Morcos, Yara Khoury, Kristyan Sarkis, and Maha Akl.
The font includes decorative isolated Arabic letters and Latin capitals as well as Arabic numerals and a few symbols, all in one font file, together symbolising the solidarity of the international community with Beirut and its people.
- By supporting this campaign you will get a working font with over 300 decorative glyphs and the option to acquire a set of catalogue and postcards printed in Beirut.
- You can use this font in your own projects, and the word combinations are simply gorgeous!
- All profit raised will go towards charities supporting the victims and the reconstruction efforts. I have chosen reputable ones that are collecting funds for Beirut efforts and work in Lebanon either directly or through local partners: Plan International, Action Against Hunger and Save The Children
Design that can heal
The type design community has shown amazing solidarity, coming together in the span of just one week, to contribute these brilliant designs. This is what good design can do.
- The Lebanese people are suffering from massive financial difficulties with 50% of the population now under the poverty line. Small businesses are under strain, especially given the pandemic, and now with the blast many people are destitute. Your valuable contribution can help lighten that burden.
- A few years back campaign founder Dr. Nadine Chahine raised $22,170 for the family of Georges Al-Reef whose brutal murder had shocked Lebanon. Today she hopes to support many more families in her hometown Beirut.
- The contributing designers wrote many messages of hope and the overwhelming sentiment was a message to the people of Beirut: you are not alone, and we are with you. By contributing to this campaign, you are sending that message too.
Printed in Beirut, shipped to you worldwide
The financial difficulties that Lebanon is going through has put incredible strains on local businesses. We help them get back on their feet when we engage their business. To that end, the campaign includes printed goods that will be printed at Karaky Printing Press in Beirut, and shipped to you wherever you are. There are some implications to this: Shipping costs are significant. It might have been easier to just print in the UK, but it meant a lot to be able to print at home, and for people around the world to get postcards that say: printed in Beirut. This way we show support to local businesses, and send the message that no matter what happens, Beirut carries on, and its renowned presses will not stop. Not for war, and not for explosions. Beirut lives on.