It’s that time of year again! Today marks the finale of 2016’s 36 Days of Type.
Now on it’s third edition, the project started by Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea is a global expression of typography and the Roman alphabet. I know what you’re thinking; the alphabet only has 26 letters. But what true letterer can stop at just those? This project includes 0-9 and a bonus ampersand! Open to everyone and any discipline, to join in, simply design and upload your letter (or number) on its stated day with the relevant hashtag to make sure you’re part of the party. Although encouraged, you don’t have to complete the whole collection, and some people opt to dip in and out with their favourite letters. However, as someone who has tried (and failed) at a daily challenge, the dedication of keeping up with this world-wide project is something I really admire.
Guest designers are invited to contribute as well, with this year’s edition including designs from Becca Clason, Si Scott, and Julianna Szabo as well as being opened by one of my favourite illustrative letterers, Alex Trochut.
The thing that I like the most about this project is that it invites all styles, artists and applications to join in. The only limit is the format of the image (square, for Instagram) and of course, the particular character for each day. Scrolling through the submissions, you can be inspired by hand-written, 3D-rendered, food-type designs and some cheeky animated gifs!
I’ve been following the Instagram feed daily and here are some of my favourites from this year’s edition. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the 4th edition around April next year – I’ll certainly be taking part for the first time!