Everything we write and read is made of letters. And although we rarely notice, it is very difficult not to read something written. It might be the title of a book someone reads in the train, it might be an advertisement on a skyscraper or a tattoo with pretty words beneath – these written letters often jump to our eye and want to be read. But how often do we actually think about the letters themselves?
Letters carry so much meaning, a word in Latin script does barely resemble the thing it stands for and has over time become more symbolic – we know what it means, but only through what we’ve learned from others. This also means that we can choose to modify letters – as long as they resemble what we know as an “A” for example, we can play with shapes and colours and general appearances. And that was my quest for this week!
For this week, I have decided to mostly focus on letters and short sentences. I’ve created little alphabets and coloured them. And I’ve noticed that I’m drawn to a particular style of alphabet, so I’ve created two versions of it. You can check them out in the video below!
But before that, I’d like to share some other examples:
For this example I’ve used three different types of letters to achieve a varied, colourful and interesting quote. The letters are as colourful as the confetti they represent and the “more” in the middle figuratively shouts “more”!
For this example which you can also see in the video below, I’ve countered the block letters with soft and delicate colours. The result? A delicate font – with strong letters nonetheless!
Here are some more examples!
With more curls, the letters would probably become less easy to read. But as a caption they might be a highlight!
And for this font I’ve tried to reduce the contact between letters. Still, from what we know about letters, I’m sure that you can see the alphabet. Or did you just expect it after reading this post?
Lastly, there were two birthdays last week, so I thought a little, playful “happy birthday” was in order:
Overall I had a lot of fun with drawing letters this week and colouring them in in pastel, nature colours and giving them outlines (or leaving them out). In my video, you can see my progress for two of them 🙂
And since letters make up so much of our lives: Have you ever created a font yourself or thought about it? Which font do you like best?
PS: Yes, I know I’ve forgotten the E in the second video font, I got caught up in drawing the little leaves and enjoyed it too much. It was almost like a meditation 😉