36 Days of Type

36 Days of Type is a project that invites Designers, Illustrators and Graphic Artists to express their particular view on letters and numbers of our alphabet. 36 days of restless creativity, where participants are challenged to design a letter or number each day, resulting an outcome of the ability to represent the same symbol from many different perspectives. A project that aims to be a space for creation around typography and its endless graphic possibilities.

  • Concept

    For this edition, I wanted to try something different. Something with a personal story. So here's mine:

    Once upon a time, there was a little boy, four years of age. While on a vacation to visit family, he showed the most un-child-like behavior: he didn't smile, he didn't talk, he kept his head down. Then he started having head pains so bad that he would try sitting in the fetal position to soothe the pain. After several doctor's visits, it was discovered that the boy had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. As he recovered, he lived a normal childhood, and discovered a love for art, and he would soon find out that it would help him through the toughest time of his life. Four years after having the brain tumor removed, and gaining some sense of normalcy, during a routine checkup another tumor was discovered. They shaved his hair, and while he tried to return to a normal life, he was embarrassed by his appearance. To cover it up, he'd wear bandanas: some classic, some camouflage. His favorite one has an eagle on it. And while he covered it well, the memories of these events changed him, as they began to blur. And the memories of 2 events were now 1 singular memory. 

  • Design

    Bhaircut and scar. His favorite bandana consisted of a camouflage pattern and a studded eagle that would show on the front. One of his aunts bought for him in New York. To represent that time in his life, I used pieces of camouflage to distort each letter. And with my memories of which event took place during which operation are blurred, I combined serif and sans serif type to create a single letterform. This is my font, False Memory.

Client: n/a
Industry: Design
Scope: Illustration, Typography
Year: 2016