Sept. 26, 2012


Torrington Man Finds Novel Way To Preserve Sister’s Memory
Designs Font from Her Handwriting

Donates Proceeds To Help Others

Richard Hubbard of Torrington, a webmaster at Housatonic Community College, developed the font “Anne’s Hand” in memory of his sister (shown on poster.)
BRIDGEPORT - Anne Hubbard may be gone, but to many, including her brother Richard Hubbard of Torrington, her memory will be transcribed forever.

Anne had been struggling with anorexia for over 25 years, said her brother, and passed away in January due to surgical complications. To remember her, Hubbard paired up with the National Eating Disorder Association to promote a typeface font he created.

“I wanted to do something in my sister's memory to help raise money for an organization that helps eating disorder victims and their families,” he said.

In July, Hubbard created the one of a kind font, and named it “Anne’s Hand” an exact replica of his late sister’s hand writing. “Anne loved to write,” it says in the description box on regarding the font styled after the 42-year old. Hubbard was able to re-create his sister’s handwriting by referencing a series of journals that she left behind.

Taking over a month to create, Hubbard says font making isn’t always an easy task. In order to recreate his sister’s hand writing he painstakingly traced each letter from her journals first by hand then with a graphic design program. “I had to make sure the spacing was perfect and that her hand writing was completely accurate,” he said, “Creating a font is a long, tedious process. A typical project can take at least a month to complete.”

Hubbard, a webmaster at Housatonic Community College, holds a BFA in Arts and Design from Pratt Institute in New York, and has been creating specialized fonts for over 10 years. He first became interested in designing fonts while studying in college. Now with 15 of them under his belt, Hubbard dedicates most of his time to designing graphics, web pages, and fonts through his small business. His “font foundry,” Enrich Design has produced some popular fonts, including Ruly, Rich Dingbats & Bursts, and Ingrid Font.

Although he makes a few hundred dollars a month by selling his fonts online, Hubbard says all of the proceeds for “Anne’s Hand” will benefit the NEDA, an organization started in 2001 to combat and prevent Eating Disorders. The proceeds will benefit support services and programs within the organization, like the Navigators program, a program that employs experienced individuals to help patients overcome the complex and overwhelming systems, and emotions involved with the diagnosis of an eating disorder.

According to a 2009 study done by the American Journal of Psychiatry, more than 4 percent of Americans die as a result of anorexia each year. Women are at greater risk of developing an eating disorder than men, and statistics indicate that, if untreated, 50 percent of people who have suffered from anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns.

“Keeping the memory of his sister alive through a unique and special font, Hubbard wishes to help those suffering with eating disorders.

“My sister would be delighted to know that her handwriting is being used for such a commendable purpose,” he said.