Designers come together to create typographic advent calendar

A blog has launched a type and lettering advent calender, showcasing a different artist’s typography every day from 1 – 25 December.

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The type for each day is used to depict the particular date within December, and each one includes a description of the design process. Typographic techniques used include letterpress, drawing, painting, needlework, quilling and sign writing.

The project has been undertaken by blog Type Worship, and has been organised by blog editor and illustrator Jamie Clarke and type designer Ryan Gillard.

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“The typography and lettering field has become diverse,” Clarke says. “This niche corner of the design industry is growing at a rapid pace and gaining an increasingly mainstream following. The idea was to bring a small group together to create something wonderful that represents our part of the creative industry.” 

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Victoria Rushton, designer for type foundry Font Bureau, has created the typography for 7 December using a combination of pencil and ink on paper, and digital enhancement. “Victoria has formal training when it comes to drawing letterforms,” Clarke says. “Combining these technical skills with some Victorian inspired illustration creates a festive graphic that will appeal to diehard typographers as well as those who love a bold image.”

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Through the project, Type Worship aims to inspire designers to use new typefaces. “We hope these small samples will inspire designers and agencies to consider the huge variety of typographic and lettering options open to them when commissioning designs for their projects,” Clarke says.

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