36 days of type, is a project in its third edition that aims to bring together Designers, Illustrators and Graphic Artists to create characters from the alphabet for 36 days consecutively.
The day before the project, I stumbled across the fact that it was starting up again. At that point, I did consider trying to partake in it, but didn’t have any idea of how I would do it. It wasn’t until the first day of the project that I went for it and looked at designing the something everyday for the 36 days. It didn’t take long to find a way to represent the letter consistently. So, I set about using Letterpress type and Photoshop to create all of the characters into a set.
Type from Type
I started to create them from an image I took of the letterpress type, and then took them into photoshop and made a clipping mask. It was one idea and it worked, but at that point I was happy to just go with it.
As I started to explore this I had another idea, but I felt that this would be one I can consistently create everyday for the time. As it wouldn’t take much time to go onto photoshop and create it. I used Avenir as my base typeface and then used that as the main one for the whole the alphabet. The thought of creating everyday doesn’t really scare me, I was happy to embrace it everyday in a different way to how I do in my job.
Type from Tape
When I was in sixth form, as an art student, I was looking for a different way to create art work. I found that I could create images with electrical tape as a medium to make in to images. Below is the first image I created with Tape. The colours allowed for a pop art feel, and became very different to how I would expect any piece of work to be.
Having done it once, I had the idea after creating the letters out of tape, using different colours each day to make every letter and each number over the 36 day period. I used the tape and a scalpel to cut into the tape, sculpting the strips into the letters of the alphabet. I found myself really exploring different ways of creating both from my own imagination and pre-created typefaces.
Creating each letter was challenging, as I didn’t always have a plan for how it might look. Using typefaces such as Bodoni, Clarendon and Old English to name but a few was a helpful. It gave me understanding of typeface design and it helped me to also create my own.
The end of 36 Days
On the whole it was an interesting chance to explore being creative everyday for 36 days. It was a chance to be imaginative and explore a way to be creative outside of the work day. I found myself researching typography in a different way to how I had done before. I really enjoyed the process of both. It has made me think about how I would be able to create more with tape. To upload every so often into different places. I hope to create more with tape, if you check out my Instagram in the coming months I may have a few on there.
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