At UglyGerry.com, visitors can download the font or type their own messages, like so:
Users are then encouraged to tweet at their representatives and encourage them to end the practice.
The font was created by Ben Doessel and James Lee, who work for the advertising firm Leo Burnett in Chicago, while the website was created by freelancer Kevin McGlone. The project is independent of the firm but has its endorsement.
“To ensure the eroding of democracy isn’t an issue that is lost in the news cycle, our design team from Chicago concocted a creative way to keep our warped voting districts top-of-mind,” the creators said in a statement.
The Chicago-based team noticed that the Illinois 4th District “looked like a U, then after seeing other letters on the map, the idea hit us: Let’s create a typeface so our districts can become digital graffiti that voters and politicians can’t ignore.”
As court and legislative battles play out, the Ugly Gerry team hopes to keep pressuring politicians to draw their lines more fairly. Users on the website can tweet a message, written in Gerry font, to their representatives.
It might be best, though, to keep the messages brief. Much like the maps it’s mocking, the font is kind of hard to read.