Feminist Valentines All Around (Free Printables)

It’s that time again! That time of year when our conversations turn to debates about the legitimacy of Valentine’s Day. Is it worth celebrating? Is it just a faux holiday created by greeting card companies? Do we really need an excuse to eat an entire chocolate cake?

My responses are “meh,” “meh,” and “JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE PEOPLE.” And to that end I present to you my favourite way to celebrate Valentine’s. I want everyone to love one another in the best, fun, consensual ways possible! So, here for your printing pleasure are Feminist Valentines, just for you from yours truly.

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I hope you enjoy sharing these as much as I enjoyed making them. Spread the love and spread the feminism loudly, lovingly, and with abandon.

Click here to download the complete set of feminist-valentines as a PDF.

Happy feminist Valentine’s Day!

(FREE PDF printable feminist-valentines)

Design

Typographical Notes

I’m a total dork for typography. TEXT BASED DESIGN FTW.

Since it’s Friday and we’ve all worked so hard this week, I thought I’d share some of the fun type-related sites that are making me happy these days. If you enjoy typography or design, hopefully these will give you some joy too.

Typography Fun

Everyone’s favourite Cape Breton Islander, Leah, shared this one yesterday.

Polona/Typo

  • It’s a fun site that provides you unique type for each letter that you enter. You can hover over the letter to read the history and origin.

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I Shot the Serif

  • If you like playing Halo as much as you like fawning over typefaces, then this is the game for you.

I use parties as an excuse to play with fonts and type-based design.
These are from an Arrested Development party.

And for the Fellow Super Nerds

Kern Type: A Kerning Game

  • Yes that’s right. A GAME about kerning.

The Font is Right

  • Think you can recognize your favourite font? Prove it.

Have Fun!

I do some design for work (layout, typesetting, web, posters) and a little more on the side (wedding invitations, programs, greeting cards) so I’m always on the lookout for fun new fonts and ways to think about type. If you have any interesting sites to suggest, let me know!

Krista

Bare Face Selfie Facebook Challenge, with a Twist

Some of you might have seen the challenge going around Facebook lately for females to post images of themselves sans cosmetics. Apparently, it began as a way to raise awareness for breast cancer but as the challenge began to spread, as these viral campaigns are wont to do, the origins of the challenge became diluted or lost entirely (though maybe not for everyone). I can say that, of the dozen beautiful bare faces that filled my Facebook feed, none of them mentioned anything about cancer.

Regardless of the initial intent of the campaign, when I was nominated to participate by the lovely (and smart, fun, friendly, and talented -among other things-) Steph of Mama Haze, I wanted to think about a way to make my contribution about something more than my facial features.

So, I posted this:

Here’s my makeup-less selfie, with a twist: After a chat with my dearest pal, Rhonda, we decided that we already know how beautiful all our gal pals are! What we’re really interested in, however, are all the interesting things they’re up to! So, we thought it would be fun to twist the challenge to include an example of some of the professional, creative, analytical, delicious, maternal, artistic, athletic, etc. endeavours that we’re engaging in these days. We’re also hoping this will encourage people to shift their compliments towards our achievements instead of our appearances.

In addition to my really, really, ridiculously good looking face, here’s a little poem and design I did up with my Wacom tablet.

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Then I asked a few friends: “what are your beautiful brains and bodies doing lately?” I’m hoping that gals won’t wait to be tagged and if they’re inclined to participate, they jump right in. Let’s celebrate one another and our accomplishments.