by Beejay on February 15, 2010


There are no actual battles, no talkin’ trash, no smokin’ fools, no winners, no losers—just an opportunity to express yourself with Custom Letters among some like-minded peers.

Make letters. Have fun.

Drout 750, aka Paul O’Sullivan, started AlphaBattle last year as a Flickr group, based on a concept that goes back nearly 10 years to various grafitti forums. This is the reboot, version 2.0.

We’ll start with A, do a new letter every two weeks, and finish with Z, about this time in 2011. Fifty-two weeks, twenty-six letters.

So, here’s the skinny.


February 15 – February 28 – submit the Letter A. On March 1, we will publish all of them.

March 1 – March 15 – submit the Letter B. On March 16, we will publish all of them.

And we’ll continue posting the dates as we progress.


• Submit a 600 pixel wide file (flattened, jpg, tif, gif) to lettercult [[at]] You can also upload to the Alphabattle Flickr 2.0 group. And while you’re at it, you can upload your letters to Nate’s LetterPlayground.

• Include a link to your site, if you’d like us to link.

• One submission per person per letter.

• You can make your letters however you choose, with one exception: Don’t use a font as a starting point…this is a site about letters you build from scratch. (wink)

• Keep it safe for work.

• Try to be original, in some way, shape, or form.

• Have fun.

• You can submit a letter after any deadline. We’ll still add it to the group.

Here are a few things to help get you in the mood.

First, from Jessica Hische, as posted on her blog. A starting point for making letters and thinking about variations.

You could start with a pencil, a pen, a carving knife, a spatula, your toe in the sand. There are countless ways to make your own letters. Some more inspiration.

The letter A at LetterPlayground

Conor & David

Peter Bruhn

Sarah France

Olly Moss

Bryan K. Malley

Raedia Sikkema Albinson

Evan Mathis


Ray Fenwick

Brandt Botes

You in?



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Kasey Mahoney 03.16.10 at 4:24 pm

I’m in…! I wanna catch up on a & b …!


nick cann 01.12.11 at 11:30 am

I love this site and will be submitting ideas for letters. Thanks, nick

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