36 days of type

During my senior year of college, I embarked on a journey — designing one unique letterform every day until I'd completed every letter of the alphabet, plus numerals 0 through 9.

I quickly realized two things: This was one of the most important challenges I had ever given myself, and there was no way I was gonna get it done in 36 days.

Having a training based deeply in UX/UI design meant I felt more than comfortable around wireframes, user flows, and prototypes. When I wanted to access a more experimentally creative side of design, though, I felt myself struggling a lot more. That's when I started this challenge, and truly realized how much I needed it.

It started off rocky, and with my senior capstone in full swing I wasn't able to keep up with the true 36-day goal, but I was doing it! I started grouping my letters into stylistically consistent sets of 3 to allow myself to spend more time experimenting with the letters themselves, and I found a love for typography as I made my way through the alphabet.

Now I'm obsessed with typography, and it's still my favorite way to get weird and creative as a designer. I'm currently working on my first-ever serious typeface inspired by some of the letters I made in this challenge. If you like the way this "B" looks, stay tuned!

A grid containing all 36 of my type explorations.