In conjunction with Typo 2014, the Hattery had a hackathon this past saturday. I had signed up to go a month in advance, but when the day rolled around, it was a bit difficult for me to go…. thoughts in my head like: What can be done in five hours? I’m not a typographer! I’ve only done one hand-lettered piece before… etc. But, inspired by the talks from Typo, I went outside of my comfort zone, and it’s a good thing I showed up. Not only was I inspired and amazed that I could pull off something in a short period of time, I won third place in the competition! The task was to create a lettering piece based upon a word, or a phrase, that represents San Francisco. Here is my entry:
When I read Greg Gopman’s tweet railing against poor and homeless residents of SF this past December, I was appalled. Greg is the CEO of a hackathon-organizing startup called AngelHack.
If you haven’t read it, this is what he wrote:
“Just got back to SF. I’ve traveled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco. Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little.”
Every time I read this, I get upset and want to rant on social media about douchebags like this. It seemed appropriate that I should address this at a hackathon, and re-make a real sign that a homeless person used on the streets here in San Francisco.
This is the original sign:
Does he really know how to code? Will coding one day be so ubiquitous that people will be out of work, when the demand has been replacing by… templating? Why does he have a razorfish hat? This image raises a lot of questions that require more contemplation.