Express Your Font Love In Haiku To Win A Prize Pack, including $50 iTunes

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News | Yves Peters | February 12, 2009

There’s another Valentine-inspired type contest, over at the Extensis blog.

You know that you’ve got a favorite, we all do. That dirty little secret that makes your document “pop” or your new design scream “Look at me!” Yup, we’ve all got a favorite font that we use.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s time to express your feelings publicly for your beloved. And what better way to express one’s love, but in poetry!

Bring us your proud bold words (in 5-7-5 format) that describe your feelings and admiration for that which we all love, fonts.

To make this little public expression of your infatuation more interesting, Extensis thought that they’d offer some nifty prizes for the best of the bunch.

First place will garner:

  • $50 iTunes gift certificate
  • $25 Starbucks gift certificate
  • The übercool Greg Lamarche custom Extensis laptop skin (removable sticker)
  • Extensis “We Serve All Types” t-shirt
  • The undying admiration of web surfers far and wide.

Second place will be honored with:

  • $20 Starbucks gift certificate
  • Greg Lamarche custom Extensis laptop skin
  • Extensis “We Serve All Types” t-shirt
  • The knowledge that you beat all of the other hack poets, except for that one guy, darn him.

Third place wins:

  • $10 Starbucks gift certificate
  • Custom Extensis laptop skin
  • Meh, third best is still OK, right?

Here’s a little inspiration from the previous Helvetica Movie Haiku contest:

Helvetica sits,
watching you try the new fonts.
It knows you’ll be back.

wedding invite came
they chose brush script mt bold
i give it six months

Strong, bold, smooth, clean lines.
Like all the men in my life,
You are just my “type”.

The contest closes at 12:00 midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February 14th, 2009. There already are 86 responses at the moment of posting this announcement. So, go post your entries in the Extensis blog today! Be sure to use your correct email address in your comment entry so that Extensis can contact you if you win. They won’t use your email address for any other purpose.

Don’t forget to post your entries in the Extensis blog! Not just here.

Header image: Gazing Out by Halfdark | haiku by christina

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  1. I love, Love, LOVE helvetica! But I’m entering a haiku for the counter culture just to be different. Helvetica, please forgive me:

    It was a slow death.
    The papyrus virus ate
    through Helvetica.

    Posted by Jamila Jenkins on Feb. 12, 2009
  2. The first impression
    with your Bold, Rounded, Shape
    you IMPACT me.

    Posted by Magali Jaume on Feb. 12, 2009
  3. Comic Sans, I Love You;
    though childish and overused,
    you lighten my life.

    Posted by Angela Seear on Feb. 12, 2009
  4. Slab serif, I love you.
    You are a great work of art.
    You are just my type.

    Posted by Kat Fetner on Feb. 12, 2009
  5. They use ugly fonts,
    bad leading, and crap margins.
    I teach type . . . and hope.

    Posted by A Typography Teacher on Feb. 13, 2009
  6. Gentle Calibri,
    oh how I love your tittles,
    soft and squircular

    Posted by Daria Lanz on Feb. 14, 2009
  7. Bulbous terminals
    your voluptuous figure
    compliments my bowls

    Posted by Daria Lanz on Feb. 14, 2009
  8. thanks yves for this feed.

    Posted by krishna on Feb. 17, 2009
  9. Hey hey hey, congratulations Krishna on winning the Extensis haiku contest! Jolly good show!

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 17, 2009
  10. helvetica is
    not old just finely matured
    with age comes wisdom

    Posted by Vernesa Henderson on Feb. 13, 2011

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