Type Battle: Typo-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving

Joe Pemberton's picture

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Type Battle: Typo-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving
Halloween 2007

// Rules
1- Carve, cut, etch, &c., your typographic design, letterform or mark into a pumpkin or other gourd.

2- Post a photograph (600 x 400 please) of your entry in this thread. Feel free to inform us about your method, inspiration, &c. but the best entries will speak for themselves.

3- As with other type battles, this starts on a Monday and ends this Friday (which happens to be 2 days after Halloween, no points will be reduced with November entries).

// Judging & Prizes
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.

Quincunx's picture

Ah, nice, a battle. Don't think I will be joining this one, unfortunately. But I've never participated in a battle on typophile before, since they sorta stopped just before I joined. I would like to see a return of the Type Battles. :)

Don McCahill's picture

As a representative and long time supporter of PETV (People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables) I have to protest about this outrage. Slashing into an innocent gourd for no good reason (not even a prize). Vegetables have feeling too, you know. They shouldn't be treated as mere food or amusement devices for unthinking people.

Don't carve your pumpkin, talk to it ... it is -kin- after all.

KenBessie's picture

1. Bought the pumpkin.
2. Following Don's argument, realized it is -kin- to Pump, a fairly horrible face.
3. Started hacking at pumpkin.
4. Ending up making soup. James Peterson's book Splendid Soups offers a modified Paul Bocuse recipe for roasted pumpkin soup I'd always wanted to try. Sorry, didn't take any photos. (Also roasted the pumpkin seeds.)

Linda Cunningham's picture

ROFL! Our acorn squash went into my world-famous coconut-chicken-curry-squash soup. ;-)

jselig's picture

man, now I have to find a pumpkin.

paul d hunt's picture

my world-famous coconut-chicken-curry-squash soup

can i get the recipe? ;^D

Zara Evens's picture

I am not carving, though making my world famous pumpkin & smoked gouda soup, topped with crème fraîche. nom nom nom.

KenBessie's picture

Pumpkin & smoked gouda. Yum yum.

I also really like applewood smoked cheddar in pumpkin risotto. Yum yum.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Um, did I post this in the right forum? You guys are making me hungry.

russellm's picture

uh, Don, It's just cosmetic surgery.
really. Recent testing shows that a good face improves vegetable self esteem.
R

JCSalomon's picture

 Does showing off my favorite em space count? ☺
—Joel

Miss Tiffany's picture

Sorry. Terribly off-topic. But I want both recipes! typegirl at gmail dot com

aric's picture

Maybe there needs to be a recipe designing contest... result could be an eclectic Typophile cookbook.

russellm's picture

eclectic Typophile cookbook.

P soup anyone?

R

Joe Pemberton's picture

MATT DESMOND'S ENTRY


Reposting Matt Desmond's entry so the image runs in the body of the thread. (Tip: use the "Insert Image" link below the "Comment" field when you create your post.)

Don McCahill's picture

Very cool Joe. But next time request a serif font. :)

Joe Pemberton's picture

Don, I only posted Matt Desmond's since he linked to an external URL. (Not trying to take credit for anybody's work!)

William Berkson's picture

I also had the same idea of a 'boo face' but realized it differently. On the photo, I'm not yet digital, and sorry it's blurry. I could try again but it's going to be
pie shortly :)

Joe Pemberton's picture

Nice. Send a pic of the pie too!

matthew_desmond's picture

Sorry about my link earlier... the insert image link wasn't working for me.

24acorns's picture

169 pt Helvetica LT Std Bold, -44 pt tracking.


woo.

Quincunx's picture

lol, you people and pumpkins. ;)

russellm's picture

JgJ, somesortof distorted Zapf Caligraphic.
' ? the most "nose=like" apostrophe I could find in a rush
E very warped now, but began as respectable Gill Sans Ext Cond Bold

R

Joe Pemberton's picture

Lance, that's pretty stunning.

jselig's picture

I think Zara owes this thread a recipe.

Ehague's picture

(It's a gourd — hope that doesn't disqualify me.)

Joe Pemberton's picture

Ehague, is that Hobo? Or just the shape of the pumpkin coming through.

Joe Pemberton's picture

I don't know people... it's 5:30pm on Friday and I think Lance is going to take this one home for its technical merit. But, I think Bill Berkson's just might have the most appropriate design for the medium.

Of course, don't make me the definitive judge.

russellm's picture

SO - What if I include a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds with Tamari sauce? :o)

R

paul d hunt's picture

I think Zara owes this thread a recipe.

well i don't know about owes, but maybe if we ask nicely...,

oh Zara!

;^D

a.l.i.c.i.a.'s picture

Obviously its way too late to get in on this... but I just became a member yesterday and found this battle.
I take great pride in carving our pumpkins every year, and thought I'd share what I did this past October.
Enjoy!



dezcom's picture

Wicked fun carving there, Alicia. I got a good chuckle out of the spider in particular :-)

ChrisL

Seven's picture


The skeleton was carved using only letters from Century Gothic typeface. The head is a C, the nose is a W the eyes are e's, ect.

William Berkson's picture

How did you keep the counters of the e and o from falling out? Did you stick toothpicks or something?

dezcom's picture

Gosh, Bill, don't you know Voodoo magic when you see it? :-)

ChrisL

JenMarie.'s picture

i had a toothpick in my house, but then i was out, so i used toothpicks and sewing needles cuz that's what i had.

dezcom's picture

ChrisL

5star's picture

Scariest Halloween Pumpkin Ever!

Last Halloween I created the Scariest Halloween Pumpkin Ever by re-interpreting the usage of your typical Halloween pumpkin.

I created the pumpkin insert!!

Got my buddies sign shop to cut some black vinyl and I put it on clear thin super flexible vivak. I then cut a display (tried to get a circus feel to it ...ahem) window opening in the pumpkin and slipped the insert in behind!!!

Now, anything can be said using the Halloween pumpkin as the 'delivery system'

Scariest Halloween Pumpkin Ever...





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dezcom's picture

Comic Sans dentil floss :-)

hrant's picture

From some years ago, my bitmap smilie jack-o-lantern:

hhp

dezcom's picture

Hrant, that looks like punch tape from an old Monotype!

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