Free Arts NYC —a non-profit organization fighting the good fight for educational arts funding—has recreated an age-old learning block with help from the creative community. Their undertaking, The A to Z Project, is a designer version of the alphabet that also gives insight into the lives and childhoods of the designers involved in the project.
Forty-five artists, illustrators and designers each picked a letter, number or symbol to redesign. The finished product is the beginning of a branding effort between Free Arts NYC and Red Peak Branding. The groups asked the designers to create free art to help promote their mission and share the way art and design has impacted their own lives as successful creators. The video below tells more about the project and the Free Arts NYC mission:
There's no doubt that it's a much better looking alphabet. Even more, the organization has released a few videos featuring some of the alphabet designers on their website. Below, you can find a few words from long-time design professor, Bob Gill:
The project, which began in April 2012, features names like Warby Parker, Cynthia Rowley, Lawrence Weiner and Julia Hoffman of Etsy (and previous Core77 Design Awards judge), among many other talents. Free Arts NYC is looking to launch various lines of merchandise featuring the alphabet designs, so be on the lookout.
Designs by (from left to right) Diane von Furstenberg, Michael de Feo and Warby Parker Designs by (from left to right) Bob Gill, Eric Haze and Cynthia Rowley