Type Battle 22: Epigraphy

Zara Evens's picture

Here's your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. 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.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle22

// REQUIREMENTS

- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Full color or BW -- you decide!
- Format: Please save your graphics as PNG or JPG

// THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:

It is time to leave the comforts of digital technology (at least partially) and get back to the basics. Utilizing the tool of your choice, scratch the following word into an object or surface:

Epigraphy

- Tools might include: a knife, a stick or your fingernails.
- Objects may be: an apple, a stone or your arm.
- Photograph or scan the results and submit to the battle.

There is no photoshoppery or digital manipulation of any kind allowed!

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

rubenDmarkes's picture

Oooh, goody goody! I'm on it, Zara. ;P But I'm pretty sure that, for me, this won't go as well as the last one, though…

Typophiles: to the battle stations! xD

ruD

Victorlamb's picture

it's all about the x-acto

ebensorkin's picture

What? Do something not on a computer? Okaaaaay.

Justin Styler's picture

So...epigraphy is backwards. I meant to do that. yeah.

MuckTalon rulz!
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PR's picture

Victorlamb's picture

well um, i guess you took it there... :)

ebensorkin's picture

Hmmm that is going to be hard to beat.

Zara Evens's picture

Petra, that is really lovely!

It is on folks…

dan_reynolds's picture

Petra, that is the most beautiful thing I've seen on Typophile in a long time.

Victorlamb's picture

it is definitely on. what time do i have until to post? friday at midnight?

ebensorkin's picture

Ruben, What does it mean?

Zara Evens's picture

@Victor - you have until Monday to post.

@Mick - I don't see the word "Epigraphy." Am I missing it?

russellm's picture

OK if I found it?


quite the coincidence that I'd find this today, of all days, eh?

-=®=-

Hiroshige's picture

Lame! They're all lame, with varying degrees of lameness. Since when did Typophile become a collective of cliches?

Keep it up, and I may be forced to enter!

Zara Evens's picture

@Hiroshige

I think that if you are going to call everyone's submissions out as lame, then you'd best step up to the plate!

:)

ebensorkin's picture

Too right Zara! Too right. Let's go Neil! Knock one out of the ballpark for us.

I was thinking of writing in the snow myself... Snow is hard to photograph though. I guess I am waiting for a beautiful idea to clobber me over the head.

dtw's picture

OK, my own piece of lameness :-D

...scratched with the extracting-stones-from-horses-hooves tool in an old Swiss Army knife. Perhaps the CD inside should be the "Things to Come" soundtrack... (kudos to anyone who works out why)
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ebensorkin's picture

Nicely done!

rubenDmarkes's picture

Eben, I was hoping it would mean something to someone… I was also waiting for someone to go OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID THAT TO THAT BOOK only to reveal I had to make a copy of the cover because I couldn't bring myself to do that to the original. :P

I kind of agree with Hiroshige. I'm a bit disappointed in myself, but I just did something to enter while I was waiting for a great idea to come and "clobber me over the head", like Eben…
We're all waiting to be amazed, though, Hiroshige, be it by our own idea or by those of others; I hope you can come up with it, you'll get all the street cred and props. :P

That said, I quite like Eliason's, Petra's (her name, too), Russell's and Dave's.
When I saw Petra's I thought "is that how a lowercase Y is in blackletter?" I have some trouble recognizing blackletter characters separately…

Anyway, I'll keep waiting for someone to blow us all away. More so than Petra. :P

dtw's picture

“...waiting for someone to go OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DID THAT TO THAT BOOK..."

...Must admit I was tempted. But the thinness of the edges of the paper made me suspect that maybe you'd defaced a copy rather than your original :-D

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Victorlamb's picture

im glad i didn't post the cd case i started. dtw - you must work in an office. I know the xacto and cd case were the first things i grabbed between laying out some ads and hiding it from co-workers. sweet job though.

Victorlamb's picture

thanks Zara

PR's picture

Thank you for your comments, I am glad you like it.
It is supposed to be the font "Breite Kanzlei". I have this awsome book "Fraktur" from Albert Kapr. I had a hard time choosing a typeface, because there are so many beautiful ones. I used the tip of a pair of compasses and scrached it into my chair. And yes, this is how the "y" looks like, kind of.

Petra

AGL's picture

I should be printing... anyway, as I am awaiting some ink to dry, while I am waiting I did this shot:

I love PR's piece :)

André

i cant delete my username's picture

I was tempted to recreate Sagmeister's AIGA poster, but then I thought it would hurt, not be original, and my girlfriend (and others) would think I was insane/suicidal.

The submissions that actually took the time to create (or trace?) a typeface (dtw, pr) were quite interesting!

rubenDmarkes's picture

Although cutting in the word "epigraphy" on your body would puzzle people… "is he suicidal or is he just trying to make a point in a very profound way?" :P There has to have been someone who did that before Sagmeister, though; he just made it a bit more visible. No?
But you're right, Chipman, actually drawing the outlines of the letters and filling them makes this a lot more interesting. And Sagmeister didn't do that! :P I thought about that, for my entry, but I didn't quite know how to accomplish that with the letters I drew.
And I got lazy.
That's probably the main reason.

Where's your entry, Chipman? Come on! Just post something! You too, Hiroshige! :P

rubenDmarkes's picture

I guess I was hoping for some clever and meaningful idea (beside the fact that we're carving out the word "epigraphy", of course), but oh well… I'll just carve out something nice. But when you were trained as a designer, just making pretty things for the beauty of it always seems a bit random… is that what you're aiming for, Eben? Where's yours? I'm curious… the clock's ticking! :P
Anyways, here they are, a lot less lazy and a bit more interesting for Chipman and myself:




This one was just a bad idea, because the wavy texture of the cardboard underneath and the fact that it's all the same colour makes it hard to visualize and photograph (which is why I'm showing you three pictures of it). So then I did this one on the back of the same shoe box (I'm a bit slow, but I get there):



Sorry for spamming pictures, but I couldn't choose just one…
ruD

dezcom's picture

Eben,
As long as you are not writing to make yellow snow :-)

ChrisL

EK's picture

That'd be easy this morning in Edmonton

ebensorkin's picture

It is pretty frustrating trying to find new fresh snow when I keep on getting as far as epigra... and then I am out. I must need to drink more water.

rubenDmarkes's picture

LOL
What you need is a second shooter.

i cant delete my username's picture

Super soaker (squirt gun) with some yellow food coloring?

russellm's picture

Super soaker? Bah! whatever happened to authenticity? :o)

-=®=-

dezcom's picture

Eben, there is a new invention called beer that aids in that department :-)

ChrisL

giovannicab's picture

first time on typophile. I get out from the hospital two days ago. just one harm a skrewdriver and a blackpaper where i scratched on.

Hiroshige's picture

Limited edition available, hand cut on CD of your choice, price upon request.

dtw's picture

Here's an alternative - in an attempt to feel more ‘authentic' than my first, this time I drew the characters ‘from scratch' (ho-ho) rather than copying someone else's, and worked into an old lump of metal I use as a straight edge (much more unfriendly surface to scratch into than CD-case plastic).


...didn't quite manage to keep the same style from the first ‘p' to the second!
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dezcom's picture

Cutting-edge work there, Dave :-)

ChrisL

dtw's picture

ROFL, cheers Chris. :-)

I've gotta assume we have no regular battlers living near the beach; huge letters scratched in the sand with a stick would seem such a temptation, especially with the really easy "multiple undo" available that most of these other efforts don't have!
[Imagines some anamorphic design like the adverts painted onto sports fields so that they look upright when viewed from the right angle...]

(PS to Zara: shouldn't this battle be indexed on the main battles page?)
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Zara Evens's picture

@Ruben - great stuff!

@dtw - I spent the last three days at the beach and I can't believe I never thought to draw in the sand for this battle. And yes, you are right - these should be indexed. Thanks for the reminder :)

manuelzavala's picture

Just started in Typophile yesterday :) Here's my shot at epigraphy.

Zara Evens's picture

Thanks for participating, everyone!
This week's battle has been posted:

http://www.typophile.com/battle23

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