On the 21st February, Kerry and I took it upon ourselves to take on the 36 Days of Type Challenge.

For those of you who are unaware of what it is, it’s a project for anyone interested in design, typography or anything creative, and it invites you to express your individual view on the letters and numbers in our alphabet.

As a participant, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like; challenge yourself to complete the full 36 days, or solely design one symbol as you wish. The letters start from A and continue through the whole alphabet, finishing with numbers 0 – 9. Kerry and I took on the challenge of doing every single letter for the whole 36 days and we’ve both thoroughly enjoyed taking part! We have loved having time set aside to practice different techniques and mediums.

I wanted to create a set of letters that were all very different, so that I could explore photography, digital illustration, hand illustration, stencils and also practice using different adobe programs. Overall it was a really exciting project and was really good to see what everyone else came up with.

It’s amazing to see how differently people think in terms of design.

If I could do anything differently, I would make the letters work better as a set, however, it was a really fun project and good to have the flexibility to create a letter from scratch.

I loved being able to design with such freedom; usually, a brief has brand guideline constraints and set deadlines, but I loved being able to set my own deadlines and spend as long or little time as I had on that particular day.

For example, you will see that some of her typography is very experimental and creative, creating her representation of typography out of objects such as thread, fruit and even splashes of tea. Kerry tried to start each letter with a completely blank slate every day, enabling her to practice a range of processes and to create a set of 36 typographic symbols that are very different in style and finish – check them out below.

Below are both of our sets of type altogether, with mine on the top and Kerry’s on the bottom.

Shannon's designs

Kerry's designs

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