Letter March

One linocut letter a day in March
This is an experiment in carving one linocut letter per day in an attempt to complete an entire alphabet by March 31st. Chosen typeface: Champion Gothic by Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Lightweight was chosen based on a deep rooted affection with its ampersand.

Aymie Spitzer is a graphic designer located in Brooklyn, New York.
  • March 17, 2011 4:30 pm

    Pangram contest!

    After completing all letters, my idea was to print a specimen poster. That’s an obvious conclusion to a project like this and I still plan to print them. However, the ever awesome Skylar presented an even more marvelous idea; print fun and wacky pangrams! Further into discussion, we decided it would interesting to open the research to all of you as well! While there are silly pangrams in existence, I’d love to see what we can all come up with. To make this worth your while, the most supreme pangram author will receive the exclusive first print. Now remember, there are only 26 characters in this specific collection, so this is a test to create absolute, bona fide pangrams! 

    Here are a few resources for your pangram journey:

    Lists of existing pangrams

    An awesome app for determining letter count and repetition

    Please submit all zany pangrams to my Twitter. Deadline for entries is near mid April, when the blocks are cut down and ready for print. Best of luck, and happy pangram-mental March!   

  • March 16, 2011 10:11 pm
  • March 15, 2011 7:23 pm
  • March 14, 2011 8:10 pm

    Only 16 left!

    I have had such a blast with this project so far. I cannot believe there are only about 16 left! Currently, I’m working on test prints and will post them very soon! 

    Thank you for the support, comments, and emails! Glad to hear I’ve inspired a few fellow nerds. 

  • 8:04 pm

    N was absolutely my favorite so far, even though I carved it twice because two of the corners chipped off. I think it’s the nice angles formed between the strokes and the diagonal stroke.

  • March 13, 2011 5:59 pm

  • March 12, 2011 5:36 pm

    Lovely little Saturday.

    Printing a few letters tonight. Trying to figure out why the ink is not printing evenly. 

  • March 11, 2011 3:51 pm
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  • March 9, 2011 11:10 pm

    I may also recarve this one.

  • 11:07 pm

    I will most definitely carve this one again. Not happy. 

  • March 7, 2011 4:19 pm

     

    The counters on this gem were tricky. I spent more time with them than any letter previously. While I’ll probably never cut a perfect letter in my lifetime, trying to accomplish this is a bit nutty. Often I find myself thinking, “if I could only get this curve smoother” or “this line straighter” but in reality these imperfections are what make this project unique. 

    Special thanks to Skylar Challand for shooting G today!

  • March 6, 2011 1:09 pm

    Today I tried out a little trick. Before cutting, I used a blow dryer to warm the block. This completely changed the texture beneath the surface. It definitely accelerated the process of cutting out the large chunks before changing to a smaller nib. Also, the straight cuts were more crisp and pretty close to perfect. Overall I’d say warming is a smart (and safer!) move. Thanks to Joana for the tip!

  • March 5, 2011 12:44 pm

    Eek.

    Thank goodness my roommate Huan from China had a Band-Aid.

  • March 4, 2011 4:12 pm

    Dinner, or so Pinky thinks!

    Thanks to my special guest models Jesse Ragan and French Pinky.