CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2012

by Beejay on April 10, 2013


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2012.

ALL THREE DAYS

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

The Whole Enchilada: We’ve merged the three posts below into one big post, a snapshot of the Custom Letters from 2012. Nearly 1600 images over 47 pages. (see the page numbers at the bottom).

ENJOY

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2012, DAY THREE

by Beejay on April 8, 2013


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2012.

DAY 3/3

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

Last day of our Best of 2012 featuring 500+ more images. I’m sure I’ve missed some people, so please email me with omissions and anything else at: lettercult /AT/ gmail.com. I will merge all three days into one post tomorrow.

HERE’S DAY 3

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2012, DAY TWO

by Beejay on April 4, 2013


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2012.

DAY 2/3

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

Welcome to our fourth-annual snapshot of the Year in Custom Letters. We’ve separated it into three days.

Today, Day Two, features another batch of 550 images. The good news — there’s a Day Three, and it will be EDIT: *MONDAY*, with work coming from Erik Marinovich, Shoe Meulman, Luca Barcellona, and many more.

Feel free to email with questions, concerns, errors, omissions, broken links, etc: lettercult /AT/ gmail.com. If you submitted and haven’t seen your work yet, it’s coming on Saturday.

HERE’S DAY TWO

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2012, DAY ONE

by Beejay on March 27, 2013


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2012.

DAY 1/3

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

Welcome to our fourth-annual snapshot of the Year in Custom Letters. It’s separated into two days, and might extend to three.

Today, Day One, features more than 550 images. Big salute to everyone making Custom Letters.

If your work is not featured on Day One, don’t fret, yours is probably coming, but feel free to email — questions, concerns, errors, omissions, broken links, please email brian (bj): lettercult /AT/ gmail.com

If you submitted work early, you’ll probably see it today. If you submitted a bit later, look for it on Day Three. We had more submissions than last year — big thanks to everyone who took the time to do that. About 20 percent of the Best Of will have come from submissions.

Also, be aware that our host (dreamhost) has been having issues, so if the site doesn’t respond…it’s probably because dreamhost is down. Apologies in advance.

HERE’S DAY ONE

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BEST OF 2012 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

by Beejay on January 2, 2013


HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s that time again, time to compile the best Custom Letters from the past year.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

The Custom Letters category includes calligraphy, sign painting, graffiti, stone carving, digital lettering, hand lettering, paper sculpture, and original type design.

The Custom, in this instance, means built from scratch; we ARE NOT looking for customization—a type treatment or 3d treatment—of an existing typeface. Again, no type treatments.

A few other things:

The deadline to submit is Friday, February 1, midnight Pacific time. We will be publishing our Best Of by March 1. UPDATE: It’s now MARCH 27 for Day One.

E-MAIL ADDRESS: lettercult [AT] gmail.com. Please include the actual files with 2012 SUBMISSION in the SUBJECT FIELD.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: .png or .jpg, 600 pixels wide, 72 dpi. We’ll confirm receipt of your submissions. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can make, but please edit yourself, and pick your BEST WORK. Please include a link to your site. And please do not send work completed before 2012, or work from 2013.

• Dribbble 400 px images. These don’t look good stretched to 600 px. Don’t go there. ;)

• Person of the Year. We are going to retire this annual thing, among some other changes. The good news is, I now have some help to make some site changes and we’ll be doing more features and profiles in 2013, in a simpler format.

Thanks!

b

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2011, DAY THREE

by Beejay on June 9, 2012


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2011.

DAY 3/3

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

… If I missed your work, apologies, let me know, asap. More than 700 new images over 24 pages, hopefully it was worth the wait. ;) Errors, bad links, or anything else, please email: lettercult /@/ gmail.com.

Thanks for the patience, and great work in 2011 people!

DAY 2
DAY 1

HERE’S DAY 3

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2011, DAY TWO

by Beejay on June 6, 2012


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2011.

DAY 2/3

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

• Day 3, hopefully on Monday. Questions, concerns, errors, omissions, broken links, did I miss your work, please email: lettercult /@/ gmail.com. Thanks for the patience, lots more great work to come.

HERE’S DAY 2

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2011, DAY ONE

by Beejay on May 28, 2012


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2011.

DAY 1/3

Appreciation for the people making Custom Letters. Inspiration for everyone else. A whole lot of great work.

Remember, we’re breaking this up into several days. Day 2 and Day 3 will be next week, days TBD.

• Day 2 will feature work from 2011 Person of the Year Erik Marinovich (see his article below), 2010 POY Shoe Meulman, and 2009 POY Jessica Hische, among dozens of others.

• Day 3 will be anchored by the prolific hand-lettering of Chris Piascik, Carolyn Sewell, and Jay Roeder. Lots more to come.

• If your work is not featured on Day 1, don’t fret, each day is packed with Custom Letters, so yours is probably coming soon, but feel free to email. Questions, concerns, worries, errors, omissions, broken links, did I miss your work, please email brian (bj): lettercult /AT/ gmail.com

Apologies for the delay with this.

Also, again, remembering the late Doyald Young, who died in 2011. Without his inspiration, this site would not exist. RIP Doyald.

HERE’S DAY 1

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THE OTHER BRICKLAYERS LAUGHED AT HIM. TEASED HIM. And for good reason: Erik Marinovich was the boss’ son. The college kid. And worse — he was the slowest, fussiest mason in town.

“Yes,” Erik remembers. “I was very meticulous. I made sure each brick … was laid perfectly.”

In the world of bricklaying, Erik Marinovich was a misfit.

It was 2005, and after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Erik couldn’t find an internship in Design, let alone a real job.

Now, he was a mason, his fallback career. He worked hard, laughed at himself for being slow, and earned a decent living. He’d been groomed for this career since he was a kid.

When the other kids were at the beach, Erik and his brother were helping Dad on jobs, mixing mud, or sweeping.

His Dad, Dominik, came to the United States from Croatia in the 1970s, knowing no English. For Dominik, working with his hands was a path to prosperity.

Erik liked working with his hands, too, but now, he had a sense that his creative side was slowly dying. Brick by brick.

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BEST OF 2011 – UPDATE

by Beejay on March 26, 2012


HEY FOLKS. Wanted to give you a quick update on the status of our Best of 2011 now that it’s almost April. Yikes.

It’s still coming. It takes ~80 hours to put this together, and I haven’t had any decent chunks of free time the past month and a half.

Just me doing this site, and I’m about halfway done. So clearly it’s ridiculous to have this come out in April … but that’s where it’s at. Next year, I’ll have to figure out a better solution.

So apologies … and stay tuned.

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BEST OF 2011 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

by admin on January 3, 2012



NOW THAT 2011 IS OVER, IT’S TIME to crawl out of hibernation, and begin sorting through the best and brighest Custom Letters of the year!

Our Best of 2010—Day 1 and Day 2—featured more than 900 images, our Top 10 lists, and our Person of the Year. Last year, we scoured hundreds of personal sites, yet took in a relatively small number of submissions.

We hope to get more subs this year, so if you or anyone you know create Custom Letters, please pass on the link! We don’t want to miss anyone.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

The Custom Letters category includes calligraphy, sign painting, graffiti, stone carving, digital lettering, hand lettering, paper sculpture, and original type design. It could also involve making letters with sticks and berries, or carving letters into a tree. It’s an elastic category.

The Custom, in this instance, means built from scratch; we ARE NOT looking for customization—a type treatment or 3d treatment—of an existing typeface. Again, no type treatments.

A few other things:

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, February 1, midnight Pacific time. We will be publishing our Best Of later in February.

E-MAIL ADDRESS: lettercult [AT] gmail.com. You can submit for yourself or others. You can include the actual files or submit links. Please put 2011 SUBMISSION in the SUBJECT FIELD.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: .png or .jpg, 600 pixels wide, 72 dpi. We’ll confirm receipt of your submissions, but we won’t contact you after that. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can make, but please edit yourself, and pick your BEST WORK. Please include a link to your site. And please do not send work completed before 2011, or work from 2012.

ALPHABATTLE LETTERS: The Alphabattle wrap-up will be separate so INDIVIDUAL LETTERS will stay separate from the Best Of.

• If you don’t submit, there’s still a good chance we’ll find your piece if you’ve uploaded it somewhere—Flickr, Behance, etc. However, if it’s on your site, and it’s unclear what year you created it, we won’t include it.

• We are aware of certain styles that get copied. If you’re aping the current Letterer of the Moment, we’d ask you to please, find something original to submit.

• If you or someone you know are not on our list of LetterMakers, email us.

Finally, we always get questions about why a Best Of would include so many images—why don’t you narrow it down to a manageable number so it’s truly a BEST OF. Well, the continuing goal is to introduce people to Custom Letters, and to celebrate those who are making Custom Letters. It’s as simple as that. Our aim to be inclusive, not exclusive.

Thanks!

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ALPHABATTLE – &

by Beejay on July 18, 2011


&ND WE’RE DONE!

Next week, a wrap-up. Thanks to everyone who participated. :)

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ALPHABATTLE – 0

by Beejay on July 4, 2011


ZERO!

In two weeks, we’ll finish AlphaBattle with the AMPERSAND. Submit by July 17, with publication on July 18. A week later, we’ll do a wrap-up.

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ALPHABATTLE – 9

by Beejay on June 20, 2011


NINE!

We’ll continue with ZERO in two weeks. Submit by July 3, with publication on the Fourth of July. After that is ampersand, and then we’ll do a wrap-up.

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ALPHABATTLE – 8

by Beejay on June 6, 2011


EIGHT!

Nearing the finish line. We’ll continue with the Number 9 in two weeks. Submit by June 19, with publication on June 20. After that, zero, ampersand, and then we’ll do a wrap-up.

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