DRAFT — A Resistant Typeface


  • DRAFT — a resistant sans serif typeface based on a banner carried by a group of students marching against conscription (1972).

    The 1970s were a time of turmoil in the United States, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement which set the standards for practices by the anti-war movement. The 1969 draft lottery only encouraged resentment of the Vietnam war and the draft. It strengthened the anti-war movement, and all over the United States people decried discrimination by the draft system "against low-education, low-income, underprivileged members of society".

    The draft lottery had social and economic consequences because it generated resistance to military service and the resisters, draft evaders or "draft dodgers", were generally young, well educated, healthy men. The fear of military service in Vietnam forced mostly young men born in the late 1940's to join the National Guard. These young men knew, in advance, that the National Guard would not be sending their soldiers to Vietnam. Many men were unable to join the National Guard, even though they had passed their physicals, because many state National Guards had long waiting lists just to enlist. Still others chose legal sanctions such as imprisonment, either showing their disapproval by burning their draft cards or draft letters, or simply not presenting themselves for the military service test. Others left the country, commonly moving to Canada, with only half returning upon the end of the war.