Hafuboti

Libraries Are For Everyone: Hmong

These signs have been the toughest so far on this campaign. I had two wonderful people (who don’t know each other) giving me various translations and explaining the meaning behind each one. The linguistic nerd in me was thrilled, but the art designer was like “I’M GOING TO MESS THIS UP!!!” ::panic::panic::panic::

I finally decided that I’d do two versions of these signs in Hmong. Please let me know if I completely destroyed this cool language, and I’ll fix it. Just know that I tried my best.

Place where books are borrowed is for everyone:

The house that borrows books is for everyone:

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).