Founder Electronics purchases typography created by street beggar
From Xinhua News:
A beggar named Chui Xianren recently became famous after pictures of his handwriting leaked on the internet. Begging on the streets in Shangdong, Chui would often write lists of life opinions in remarkably beautiful style on the ground adjacent to him. Founder Electronics, the biggest Chinese font supplier in the world, has decided to buy Chui’s handwriting.
Chui, 49 years old, is from Hei Longjiang province in the northeast of China. 18 years ago, he was heavily burnt during an accident when a barrel of diesel fuel exploded at work… He was wounded in the face and hands, and all but his fore and index fingers are paralyzed. Unable to work, Chui begs by the means of showing his beautiful handwriting on the streets. In October this year, a netizen named CMYKer posted a picture of Chui’s work, gaining the attention of Founder Electronics.
"Chui’s writing is quaint and elegant. It is so beautiful that we believe that with some development it will be widely used in advertisements" said Wang, the product manager of Founder Electronics who holds high praises for Chui’s style. Being perfectly designed, it is suitable to be applied to the packages of products. "It can also be applied to the titles of magazines and as furniture carving," Wang added.
Chui has signed a contract with Founder Electronics. His font is named after his own name "Xian Ren." All profits in the next 50 years belong to him. Founder Electronics has paid 50,000RMB (about 7,800 dollars) in advance to support Chui’s living expenses as he works on his font collection. Chui’s font will be made into a personal version and a commercial one, the latter charging more with about 2000RMB for one-year’s authorization.
Amongst the fonts produced at Founder Electronic, plenty are named after famous persons, For example, the "Jing Lei” font, is named after the actress Xu Jinglei for her distinguished features. Chui’s font, however, is the first that comes from a blue-collar worker. Chui added that though he has financial support now, he will continue to beg with his chalk masterpieces.
Chui has signed a contract with Founder Electronics. His font is named after his own name "Xian Ren." All profits in the next 50 years belong to him.