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What’s Your Type?

Last week my high school friend posted a link on my Facebook wall. Immediately realizing the link was a monologue tribute to the popularly despised typeface, Comic Sans, I was overcome with excitement and had to share it with my dear friend, Richmond. I posted the following link on his Facebook wall:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/monologues/15comicsans.html
(note: click the link and read the monologue before proceeding to make sense of the rest of the entry)

Comic Sans TypefaceAfter a few hours from posting the literary treat, I received an email notification (Yes, I know there is a way to get rid of that, but I actually enjoy not having to check my Facebook for new comments and “likes”) that Richmond replied to the posted link with his own personal monologue:

“If Comic Sans were a person, I’m sure we’d get along smashingly and have a drink every now and again. But in all honesty, Comz, as I’d call him on familiar terms, just isn’t my type (literally); I envision him suffering from a stunted mental maturation, likely caused by rising to fame at an early age and never really having to grow up. I mean, let’… See Mores face it, his fan base is comprised of people who have a high rating on what we’ll call the Bieber Index, for reasons that don’t need to be discussed here, definitely not the most innovative people in the world, but what they lack in taste, they make up in sheer mindless mass consumption. Maybe we wouldn’t go out together (largely because I wouldn’t want to be seen in public with him), but that’s not to say I wouldn’t invite him over just to hang out every once in a while. Truthfully, I imagine he’d always be coming over to my place anyway because his landfill-adjacent trailer would be too small and lacking in potable drinking water.”

I was so impressed, inspired AND amused by Richmo’s wit and creative writing, that I took a stab at writing my own monologue in reply to his:

“To my glorious Richmosis,

You may enjoy a glass of bordeux from time to time with comic sans but I would probably never partake in such merriment. We never got along and never will. Like you, he’s not my type and i’m just… not that into him–not even if he was the last font in the univers! He just doesn’t get that when a girl says no, she really means no! Surprising me and appearing in places I least expect is never cute. It’s grotesque and also a good indicator that there should be some sort of restraining order.. or better yet, he should be locked up and have the key destroyed. I have rejected all his letters (literally) and have turned the courier away countless times. When will he get a clue? Even his creator, Connare, admitted that he never intended “Comz” to run around rampant. The futura he saw was one where “Comz” would serve his life peacefully in his rightful place, comic books. Instead, Connare created a monster! (Though he now claims it was all an azkidenz).

Alas, as “Comz” is free to roam the world, we will never be safe. He may appear approachable and harmless with his hand-drawn and playful nature, but do not be fooled! Once met, he is relentless and will follow you across land and sea from Georgia to Geneva. He knows no boundaries in culture nor language. Rumor has it, he was such a jealous lover, he once shot the serif! We have to get with the times and realize there may be no stopping him and his destructive ways. He has made an impact in this century and have gained followers such as papyrus. Who knows what else he has up his sleeves! Anyhow, the time has come. I bid thee farewell as I go once again into hiding. Please visit soon! We would have a rockwell time in gotham. Oh snaps! I hope he’s not reading this…

❤ J.Sweets”

Yes, we are designerds. Judge us if you like for our great wit and intellectual (not to mention…humble) nature. But before you do, just tell me one thing.

What’s your type?

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To My Philanthro SF Hipster Sisters

Below is an email I sent out to the lovely ladies of Philanthro SF. It’s been a stressful month or two and we are TWO days away from our benefit event for The Somaly Mam Foundation.

I figured I’d pass along my daily dose of inspiration to these amazing women I work with. Why not, right? It only takes a few minutes to encourage and enlighten someone. And hey, if the roles were reversed, I know I would appreciate a pick-me-up here or there.

Anyhow, I am just grateful that we will be able to witness the fruits of our labor soon. Hopefully! Fingers crossed! 🙂

To my hipster sisters,

Although we might be a bit nervous or stressed (stop stressing.. think about the WRINKLES!!!) on how Saturday’s event is going to turn out, just remember..

As much sweat, time, and tears we’ve put into this night, we are doing it all for an amazing cause. I don’t think any one of us would be putting in the amount of work we have unless we believe in what we’re doing and posess the drive, the motivation, and the passion for those who needs us most.

So no matter what happens, whether we are successful or whether we fall flat on our faces, just remember that we took a risk in dabbling in something new and experimenting with our collective ideas–to throw an event in foreign territory, the Mission, and to put on unfamiliar, operational elements, a cover-band concert.

Although I may not be as eloquent as many of Matt’s inspirational emails, I just want to encourage and engrain the fact that we have been innovative and astonishingly creative in turning our ideas into a reality. Happy hour events? A double-day event of walking and dancing? A silent art auction, live music AND food tasting all in one? Ridiculous.

We are the youngest chapter incepted, yet I feel like we’ve gone a long way in growth and advancement. That in itself, is pretty damn amazing.

There will be elements out of our control and things that come unexpected, but one thing is for certain.. we CAN control how ridiculously cute and smashing we will look this Saturday!!!

Some of you have asked what we should wear or what “hipsters” are. I have attached a folder of images that hopefully can draw some inspiration on what to wear as well as a link to an ironically funny, poke-fun-of-hipsters YouTube video.

All of you are staggeringly amazing and beautiful so have fun, dress to impress, and more importantly work your inner self like it’s nobody’s business! It IS all about the attitude.. after all.

Remember clothing is a choice. We were born naked. Fresh is an opinion, love is objective, taste is selective and expression is my favorite elective. 😉

– Jenn “J.Sweets” Nguyen