Several years ago I decided I wanted to get a group of lesbrarians together for the Dyke March. The night before the Dyke March I used some paint from the dollar store on a sheet to make a Venn diagram illustrating the overlap between lesbian and librarian. That photo has gone around the internet a few times now, been included as an entry in Urban Dictionary, shown up in Questionable Content, an awesome webcomic. This year I wanted something different and Kathleen Jacques agreed to design something new.
I picked up the buttons for this year’s Vancouver Dyke March the other night and I love them. Designers like her are amazing–the final design was better than anything I could’ve articulated.
Here’s some of her explanation about the design choices she made:
What do you think of this Lesbrarians family? It struck me that, if there are going to be multiples for buttons (and potential other uses), it’d be cool to have versions with splashes of solid color so that they kind of do a rainbow as a set. I ended up with five: three shushers and two book-lurkers. My general idea is that it’s a family with a unified visual identity, but with flexibility within it. I think I like the black lineart/color background better than the solid colored ones…what do you think?
My rationale for the font goes like so:
- the condensed narrowness lets the word be a little bigger in small spaces, yet it’s still easy to read
- the ALLCAPS makes a punchy rectangular form that’s easy to fit and stack and curve in various ways
- the slab serif is kind of reminiscent of old typewriter or book text, but the font itself is a contemporary design (and an independent one that’s available for free, which is cool)
I was super happy with Chris Bentzen‘s button making. He was fast, inexpensive and they look great. Also, he lives in my neighbourhood so it was really convenient for me.
I’ll be selling buttons for $1 each to recouperate the money in paying for the design and the cost of getting the buttons made. At some point I’ll make an online store and also have tshirts and bookbags, but if you want some now get in touch.