Time out With Erin: Font Yourself.
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I’ve been inspired by typography lately [actually, I’m lying— I’m pretty much inspired by typography ALL the time]. And you know what? Why do graphic designers get to have all the fun? Shouldn’t we all have a little typography in our lives? Yes. Make that a BIG yes. With all caps and 49 exclamation marks. Today, I’m super-inspired by this site right here. A variety of handmade fonts for sale.


But you know what? I’m going to make my own. For $.1.29.

I’m headed to the grocery now and I’m going to spell letters with a sheet of wax paper and a bit of squeezable mustard. I’ll let you know how it goes, but for now— check your grocer’s aisle for some fun tools to create your own “fonts.” Try ketchup, sprinkles, relish [gross!], or even crushed almonds. If you have kids, get them involved. I assure you it will be a messy, but SUPER fun time had by all. Go forth and font yourselves!


[ Time Out is brought to you each Wednesday with contagious enthusiasm from Erin Loechner, Editor @ Design for Mankind. Be good. ]

4 responses to “Time out With Erin: Font Yourself.”

  1. …I have been inspired by typography my entire life so I am right with you! I don’t know if you remember the show ZOOM, but they one made letters out of pretzels, spelling their names, etc. Never forgot that….

  2. wow, that site is really amazing. designing a font is on my list of things to do eventually. really curious to see how your experiment goes. if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check out just my type. some great fonts for free download…


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