Two students in Stockholm have designed a font consisting entirely of letters handwritten by homeless people.
Julia Pagmar and Moa Pålstedt created the ‘One Letter, One Story’ typeface as part of their design course at Bergh’s School of Communication.
Tasked with “using type to celebrate a community,” the classmates set about interviewing homeless people around the city. Pagmar was inspired by reading Situation Stockholm, a street paper in Sweden that follows the same model as The Big Issue.
“It’s interesting to read about homeless peoples’ backgrounds and how many of them are trying to improve their situation,” Pagmar said. “We chose homeless people as our community in this brief because we wanted to raise awareness, but also to learn more ourselves and celebrate them in their journeys.”
Pagmar and Pålstedt collected the letters from people they met while serving food at shelters.
Pagmar said: “We met 26 people, and each person wrote down one letter, the first letter of their name, so for example Lasse wrote L and so on.”