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Queering Is an Open-Source Typeface That Wears Its Influence On Its Sleeve

by Bill McCool on 06/23/2022 | 2 Minute Read

Released especially for Pride Month, Queering is a boldly proud display font that’s inclusive and open-source. Perfect for any creative's editorial needs (or a packaging designer grinding away at whatever functional beverage a creative director tasked them with creating), it's a stylized slabby sans that's easy on the eyes.

But it's also designed with “Queerness in mind.” 

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Dreamed up by Adam Naccarato, a senior designer who specializes in brand identity, typography, and art direction and has worked for the likes of Google and NBC, the typeface found inspiration in queer publications and protest posters in addition to other pieces of LGBTQIA+ paraphernalia and ephemera. Naccarato credits the discovery of these pieces to the work of Paul Soulellis, the author of the What Is Queer Typography zine and the director of nonprofit publishing studio Queer.Archive.Work (you can read an interview with Soulellis here).

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“The name Queering comes from the activity of ‘Queering a Space’—transgressing what is seen as fixed categories—such as gender and sexuality,” wrote Naccarato on the release of the display font. “Queering is intended to be an open-source font with inclusivity in mind.”

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While the typeface is available for free, you might want to kick in a few shekels for this one, as all proceeds will go to the Ali Forney LGBTQ+ Center in Harlem, an organization whose mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youth from homelessness, uplifting them with the tools they need to live independently with job readiness training and transitional housing.

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The download also includes some tastefully and artfully imagined Unicode emojis and Queer-themed icons that comes as glyphs that one can add in line.

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Images courtesy of Adam Naccarato.

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