36 Days of Type

An exercise in limiting the geometry in the alphabet.

Submission for 36 Days of Type, a project that invites designers, illustrators and graphic artists to express their particular interpretation of the letters and numbers of the Latin alphabet. Beyond just reinterpreting the letter, the project became a personal exercise of constraint and curation.

36 Days of Type

An exercise in limiting the geometry in the alphabet.

Submission for 36 Days of Type, a project that invites designers, illustrators and graphic artists to express their particular interpretation of the letters and numbers of the Latin alphabet. Beyond just reinterpreting the letter, the project became a personal exercise of constraint and curation.

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Constraint being, the limitation of geometry while still being visually compelling, and curation, referencing source material that can relate phonetically to the letters. The motion of each is an answer to the question: how simple and recognizable can the form be and still yield a moment of surprise?

A

A for Agnes Martin

Five circles form the letter A on top of grids from “On a Clear Day”, a series of screenprints by Agnes Martin.

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B for Broadway

Images from the New York Public Library collection “Broadway” taken between 1912 and 1916 by photographer Morris Rosenfeld.

D

D for Dot

A folded dot becomes the letter D.

G

G for Gradient

Gradients create simplified forms of a letter G.

W

W for Wall

Rectangles forming a W on images of walls with strong grids. Photography by Robbin Lee.

X

X for X-Ray

Four circles become an X. Images by Mathew Schwartz.

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Q for Quadrant

The highlighted quadrant of a circle creates the letter Q.

L

L for Line

10 lines form an L.