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 18, 2011 11:52 am

    Upon starting this project, I admit that I have made a *few errors. Learning is why I approach most projects, especially those which require skills that are somewhat previously nonexistent. That being said, Q is a perfect example of learning by doing things backwards.

    Adding to the newbie-carving-letters mistake pile, I failed to notice that Q’s tail hung below my baseline and actually off of my block. My first reaction was to simply purchase a larger block. I also thought about redesigning the Q, the way a punchcutter might adjust details of a typeface design to fit technical constraints, by looking at the non descending tail of Champion’s younger brother Knockout. In the end, I decided it was best to just use a larger block. Plus, Q’s tail is ready to party and I couldn’t bear busting him for curfew.

    Mega thanks to Jesse Ragan and Andy Clymer for your guidance and wisdom detailing Q. 

    *probably over 10, but who’s counting?

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