Type Battle! Week 6 (21 Feb) Extended to Friday, March 3

Zara Evens's picture

TYPE BATTLE: Week 6 (21 Feb) Extended to Friday, March 3

Here’s your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. Each game kicks off on Monday with a new challenge, and closes at midnight PST on Friday. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May be the best designer win.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle06

Requirements:

- Size: 600 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Black and white only
- Format: Please save your graphics as PNG
- Only respond with the characters posted in the challenge.

// THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE:
Using a photograph of found type as your reference, design at least 7 characters and set them in context.(If you use a photo from an external source, please cite accordingly)

Please post both the photo and your design.

wah's picture

Hi! this is my first battle (and maybe the first time i design so many letters!!) and i'd like to show what i did.
I used a sin my father found in an old bar in my town.
it says: "today the hygiene and the education teach to don't [i know that's not "english"!sorry!] spit on the floor"




Tell me what i have to change or modify to do a better work.
Thanks a lot and goodbye!
t.

timd's picture

Tommaso, nice interpretation
Tim

Randy's picture

Hi Tomasso,

That is a great sign! The letters look nice also, they carry the flavor very well.
Try reversing them to black. This will help you sort out problems.

Randy

eron s's picture

I took this photo in downtown Santa Cruz last year. There's something neat about funky old signs. It was fun making these letters, although I'm not quite satisfied with the widths.
Eron


Mark Simonson's picture

In the original sign, they made the T and L wide and the M narrow because of the vertical orientation. It's constructed like a monospaced font. In adapting it, you have the option to use more "normal" proportions.

You might also want to look at some old reverse-stress wood types to get ideas on constructing the C and G instead of modularly borrowing bits of the existing letters.

It looks cool, though, and I don't think there is an existing font that looks similar. Kind of a Googie French Clarendon. :-)

Stephen Coles's picture

Randy! Yours ended up being really Schoolhouse Rock.

eron s's picture

Thanks for the feedback on my motel letters Mark! I started reworking the letters, paying more attention to proportions and they are looking better. Maybe I'll post them when I have a full alphabet; it all takes time ;)

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