Type Battle 26 // DIY

Zara Evens's picture


Do It Yourself! Express yourself through found or made objects, typographically of course! In this week's battle, we encourage you to get your hands dirty and push your imagination to places it might not be used to going.

Choose your favorite word or the most meaningful to you and construct it out of… something, anything, really. Found objects around the house, mashed potatoes, car parts or paper. Paint it, burn it [be careful please] or glue it. This one is completely up to you.

Photograph your creation and submit.

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

Thanks to Neil Caldwell for this weeks' battle idea.


This is 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/battle26


- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Any
- Format: JPG or PNG

Chiba Chiba's picture

May I submit this piece I made at Michelle Bowers & Amelie Irwin's TypeCon's workshop?

James Yencken's picture

May I also submit a piece from the same workshop? (two weeks ago)

There's also an animated version here: http://vimeo.com/1384891

Ngoc Ngo's picture

My first submission to the battles!

I created this for Speak Up's "Word It" this month (Cut), but it's appropriate for this battle, too.

ebensorkin's picture

Nice one! Cut is a great word choice as well.

JordanSheldrick's picture

As everyone else has uploaded previous projects....

This is a piece I made for DJ Cast Iron for his CD 'Warped Vinyl'. The CD was digitally mixed and was a movement away from the vinyl record - so I decided to go to a charity shop and melt down some plastic disks.

Thought it was quite cool that the name meant something strong but the vinyls were so pliable. Hope you like it.

Full project: http://jordansheldrick.com/projects/warped-vinyl/

Mark Simonson's picture

> May I also submit a piece from the same workshop? (two weeks ago)

So that's what those were. They were lying on the table outside the elevators on the 6th floor at the Buffalo Hyatt. My daughter thought they were really cool, but we didn't know what they were.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Ngoc, that rules!

Jordan, you really should post the final as well. The way you've digitized it the original clearly shows through. Evidence that starting analog often yields the best results.

Ngoc Ngo's picture

Thanks Eben!

Thanks Joe! That's great to hear coming from you.

smongey's picture

Myself and my good friend Alan had a good laugh messing with all the junk in our old studio in college. I know we broke the restriction on the height but it's all about the process :) ‘Make’.

bobbybobo's picture

Smongey: cool!
With everyday objects.

James Yencken's picture

> So that’s what those were. They were lying on the table outside the elevators on the 6th floor at the Buffalo Hyatt.

Hehe. I'm glad someone saw them. I couldn't transport them home on my flight and I couldn't bring myself to throw them out.

kingdom_graphics's picture

I was cutting watermelon and got artistically inspired on the patio with the rinds and ends.

In the spirit of unbridled creativity,

Troy Vera
Kingdom Graphics
Yahoo IM: kingdom_graphics
Skype: kingdom_graphics

bobbybobo's picture

Simple and powerful.

JMargulies's picture


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