The following are the products of weekly workshops during my Typeography II course during my senior year at Judson University. Workshopping, for me, presented itself with a unique challenge. The pressure to create with very loose limitations was intimidating at first, because I love the structure, the puzzles design presents itself with and the way it feels when you hit the sweet spot with a solution! I enjoy the problem solving it takes to get from point A to point B, from nowhere to something beautiful, so creating in a workshop environment was something that I never thought would be my forte.
As the year progressed though, the prompts we were given began to spark ideas! I discovered that by creating whole alphabets I was able to focus more on each letter form rather than overthinking a clever phrase or word to write out. After getting my momentum I began creating and was excited about simply creating to create, as well as getting to add a new alphabet to my collection every week.
Letterpress I took a different approach from the tradition use for letterpress type with this alphabet. Rather than inking and pressing the letters onto paper I wanted to use the letterforms as molds or inkless stamps to press into playdo. With rounded, irregular shapes and letterforms from mixed typefaces the alphabet retains a playful and quirky spirit.