This is a page with various ways you can do something that results in me receiving goods or services. Any single one of these works for donations towards fonts. They support me muchly, be it through money, entertainment or general support, so thank-you very much if you do decide to donate in any way at all.
Let me know if you require an invoice or written confirmation of rights to use my font(s) commercially once you have donated, regardless of the method you use. I only provide these for donations of $100 USD or equivalent in other currencies due to the time it takes to write them up. Do note that your rights are automatically active the moment you send whatever donation you’re sending, anyway – confirmation is not required for you to use them, and should only be requested if you, eg, legally require an invoice for your records.
How much should I donate?
All I ask is you go with what you believe is fair. For anything under ~$5, while I do appreciate the gesture I’d really rather you just use the font and then fling some money if your project makes you the cash to make that viable. I don’t receive anything at all from donations under around 50 cents, as PayPal fees cancel them out entirely or almost entirely, so I cannot count these as actual donations I’m afraid.
If you’re not doing anything that will make you a whole lot, or you don’t expect to be seen by many eyes, $10-30 is fine. If you’re making a little extra, $50-100 would be great. For bigger stuff still, larger donations still really do help me an extraordinary amount – making fonts is now a significant part of my full-time income. But don’t go overboard if you don’t have the means to do it, I appreciate that many of you reading this will be in similar situations to me right now.
If you’re using the font for the titles, logos, artwork or other of a game you’re making, album you’re producing, film you’re doing or any other entertainment format, I’d love to receive a copy of it – especially a hard copy of games. I do love games, me!
With all that said, here are the ways you can donate:
OR… BATHE ME IN A WORLD OF SWEET UNAFFORDABLE VIRTUAL REALITY
If you happen to have a HTC Vive or similar-functioning VR headset system just lying around that you could fling my way, or you’re making a VR game and are feeling generous enough (before or after it’s launched and raked in the moolah for you), you can use every font I’ve ever made, for any number of projects commercial or otherwise, in perpetuity. And you could make a little NAL extremely happy. I’ll even fling in the first 100 fonts I made for Chequered Ink – so that’s 320-odd fonts total! The HTC Vive is on my Steam wishlist or can be sent to the address below.
OR… DONATE MONTHLY
OR… DONATE ONCE
OR… BUY ME GAMES
Amazon UK (Link)
Or send them to my address below. Here is a log of my collection so far, anything I don’t already own will join the growing collection and be played and loved, even if it’s not a good game. If possible, please limit games sent to either PAL region or consoles that aren’t region locked (eg Switch, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, GameBoy, original DS).
Bonus points if the game you send is the product you used my work in – I am happy for you, in this case, to use the font first and donate later.
OR… BUY ME OTHER STUFF
For a guideline on what I like, see the wishlists linked above or take a punt on:
– Anything that is booze
– Anything that is food
– Anything that is caffeinated
– Music, in MP3, CD or vinyl formats
– Gadgets of any variety
– Board, card and tabletop games
– Any unique playing cards
As with physical games, if you intend on using my font in your product and want to send me that product as your donation, I am happy for you to use it first and then send it later.
OR… BUY ME STEAM GAMES
Absolutely any game will do for a donation, but please ensure I don’t already have it as I’ll then be left with the game in my Steam library, too already-owning-it to redeem it but then also too guilty to regift it to anyone.
OR… LET ME USE YOUR MUSIC, SFX OR ART IN MY GAMES
If you are a musician or artist, or an agent representing one, an alternative to any of these options is to let me use your/your client’s music, art or SFX in games I create under Chequered Ink. I ask that if you wish to choose this as a sole donation method, you provide me the music (ideally in MP3 format for music, WAV for sound effects if you make those), along with your preferred credit, and the ability to use it in perpetuity in both commercial and personal products – as I allow for my fonts in return. The music needn’t be exclusively licensed to, or created for, me. I also can’t guarantee I will use what you let me use in anything. And for art, please make sure that what you give is usable (ie generic game assets etc).
OR… SEND ME STUFF
Surprise me! Anything you send me will count as a donation (unless it’s something nasty. No surströmming, anthrax or dog poo). If it’s food, please make sure it’s in date and will be when it arrives, and won’t spoil in transit or arrive rancid. And please make sure I won’t be hit with any excessive postage-unpaid or customs costs – I will likely refuse any extravagant payments I am asked to make, and Royal Mail do like slapping £7 charges on handling fees. Otherwise, I welcome relics from your home country if you’re non-UK, region-free console games (particularly those in foreign languages and ESPECIALLY games that aren’t available in the UK), anything weird – whatever you like.
If you’re making a physical product that is using my font, particularly if it’s a media thing (CDs, vinyls, DVDs, Blu-rays, games etc), I would love to receive a copy of that and would happily count that as a donation as well!