36 Days of Type 2019
process + showcase of my 36 days of type!
finishing this project completes my fourth year participating
—a total of 144 letterforms.
here’s a look at my color palette this year:
sketch to final:
not all sketches are perfect reflections of finals. because this is a self-driven project and a time challenge, often sketches were very loose or digitally assembled from multiple drawings:
taking time to play with variants is one way i avoid burnout—especially on demanding projects like 36 Days of Type.
a fun skelly variant next to it’s official letter post:
warmup sketches help me work faster and figure out direction. you warmup to work out, why wouldn’t you warmup to draw?
color testing, the final (usually) fun step:
the full set:
files files files
finally, you know i want to talk about file prep. my smol structure includes:
- a naming structure for files. mine is “36DOT19_” + letter or number
- a base file with my main layers (a fully masked color layer + a background layer)
- folders set to catch sketches from my intellectually-challenged scanner, and an export folder to catch final files (@ 12, 2, or 3 AM when i have one single working brain cell.) i also like to keep ani files separated.
this is my most useful set-up to date, but i still have some artboard/export naming that could be streamlined. ah, next year…