ALPHABATTLE – 7

by Beejay on May 23, 2011


SEVEN UP.

We’ll continue with the Number 8 in two weeks. Submit by June 5, with publication on June 6.

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ALPHABATTLE – 6

by Beejay on May 9, 2011


SIX!

We’ll continue with the Number 7 in two weeks. Submit by May 22, with publication on May 23.

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ALPHABATTLE – 5

by Beejay on April 25, 2011


FIVE!

We’ll continue with the Number 6 in two weeks. Submit by May 8, with publication on May 9.

Thanks everyone! Also, Alex Lutkus aka BlenderHead has a follow up to his No. 3 puzzle — find the fives.

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ALPHABATTLE – 4

by Beejay on April 11, 2011


HERE’S FOUR!

We’ll continue with the Number 5 in two weeks. Submit by April 24, with publication on April 25.

Thanks everyone!

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ALPHABATTLE – 3

by Beejay on March 28, 2011


GREAT WORK ON THREE!!!

Alex Lutkus, aka Blender Head, has submitted a puzzle: Find the THREES. There are a bunch in his piece, which is first after the jump. First one to find more than 18 will score a LetterCult T-shirt of their choice. :) (FIRST EMAIL to come in at this email: lettercult … AT … gmail dot com).

WINNER: Congrats to Jim Pericotti who emailed within the first 15 minutes.

We’ll continue with the Number 4 in two weeks. Submit by April 10, with publication on April 11.

Thanks everyone!

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NIELS SHOE MEULMAN

by Beejay on March 18, 2011


ATEENAGER ENTERS AN AMSTERDAM BOOKSTORE, CIRCA 1981.

He’s shy, doesn’t talk to anyone, doesn’t dare make eye contact. He’s always looking down. At his shoes.

He grabs a stool to reach the upper shelves. He pulls down some books, and sits quietly for hours, turning pages, absorbing the images. What’s strange, to the clerk, is the books…this kid is reading books on typography. Japanese logos. Vintage type. This was Niels Meulman at age 14.

“Yes, they thought (I was) a bit strange,” he recalls now.

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ALPHABATTLE – 2

by Beejay on March 14, 2011


TWO IS UP.

We’ll continue with the Number 3 in two weeks. Submit by Sunday, March 27 for publication March 28.

Thanks everyone!

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CUSTOM LETTERS 2010, TOP 10

by Beejay on March 14, 2011


OUR PANEL OF TYPE AND LETTERING AFICIONADOS were upbeat and encouraged by the Custom Letters of 2010, which were featured last week here and here.

“Seems like the art of lettering is more alive than ever,” said Mark Simonson.

“The lettering craft is in good hands,” said Stephen Coles. “Very strong work on every page.”

We used the input of Simonson, Coles, and a handful of others to help pick the LetterCult Top 10—after the jump, along with the Top 10s from our contributors. (The Top 10s are not ranked 1-10.)

It was a fun exercise with subjective results. Thanks for taking a look.

Tonight, AlphaBattle (the No. 2)

Wednesday, an interview with our Person of the Year.

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LETTERCULT T-SHIRTS (and hoodies)

by Beejay on March 11, 2011

LETTERCULT GEAR IS NOW available in the LetterCult store

American Apparel shirts with soft-hand printing, and heavyweight Independent hoodies—the best blank hoodies, super-soft, they weigh over a pound each.

Presale starts now, ends March 25, and shirts and hoodies will ship March 30. The hope is to get some tees and posters going monthly with various artists. So we’ll see how that goes.

Guys and girls tees. Shipping both US and International.

The shirts won’t print until after orders close on March 25.

I’ve been making T-shirts since 1998, and doing LetterCult since 2008, so I thought it’d be fun to bring them together. If you have questions or special requests, just email. (lettercult /at/ gmail dot com)

http://www.lettercult.com/store

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2010 DAY 2

by Beejay on March 9, 2011


BEST OF 2010, DAY 2.

Way more stuff. More names you know, and plenty you might be seeing for the first time.

• If you submitted something, and don’t see it on either day, please email me asap. Lots of cutting and pasting links in a little WordPress window, folders everywhere — it’s probably uploaded, just missed it.

• Tomorrow some LetterCult tees will go up for sale.

HERE’S DAY 2

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CUSTOM LETTERS, BEST OF 2010, DAY 1

by Beejay on March 9, 2011


THE YEAR IN CUSTOM LETTERS, 2010.

DAY 1

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

Please keep in mind:

• Everyone who submitted something will have something featured. Remember, there are two days of stuff.

• Both days are AWESOME. Our host asked us to split the post because of load issues. We will merge everything back into one file after a week or so. People with a significant number of images will see most of their work on Day 2.

• If you submitted something and don’t see your name today, please wait for Day 2. Don’t even fret.

• Links this year!

• Questions, concerns, worries, errors, omissions, broken links, did I miss your work, please email brian (bj): lettercult /AT/ gmail.com

• Friday, look for a post on LetterCult t-shirts. And look for Part 2 on Thursday by 5 p.m. PST.

Apologies for the delay with this. It’s embarrassing how many hours went into it, but hopefully worth the wait.

• Thanks to Tara Gee for the help.

ENOUGH TALK, HERE ARE THE GOODS

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DOYALD YOUNG REMEMBERED

by Beejay on March 8, 2011


DOYALD YOUNG WAS CUSTOM—
just like his work. He was one-of-a-kind, distinctive, unique.

Doyald Young passed last week due to complications following heart surgery. He was 84. Memorial services are pending.

He leaves behind a rich legacy.

As a teacher, he unlocked the secrets of letters for more than 4,000 students.

As a publisher of his own books, he passed on that same knowledge to thousands of would-be lettering artists in dozens of countries.

As a friend, he was a good listener, loyal, patient, exceedingly gracious, and generous.

Doyald Young was really good at being a great person.

And he created magic with a pencil.

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THIS WEEK AT LETTERCULT

by Beejay on March 7, 2011


EXCITED FOR THIS WEEK.

But we proceed with a heavy heart.

Last week, the Poet of Letterforms, Doyald Young, passed at age 84. Doyald was a friend and mentor and his work making Custom Letters was the guiding inspiration for LetterCult. Tomorrow, we will have a remembrance.

Doyald, rest in peace.

TUESDAY: Doyald Young remembered.

WEDNESDAY: The Best of 2010 Part I.
WEDNESDAY: Some LetterCult T-shirts.

THURSDAY: The Best of 2010 Part II.

NEXT MONDAY: The Top 10 as picked by a group of type and lettering aficionados.
NEXT MONDAY: Alphabattle (the Number 2).

NEXT TUESDAY: Person of the Year.

We had to break up the Best of into two parts because of the server load. (We’ve crashed some servers in the past.) A few days ago, we got set up on a new server. (crossing fingers). Part I and II will be merged into one post after a week or so.

Thanks for your patience. There’s so much amazing work in 2010.

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ALPHABATTLE – 1

by Beejay on February 28, 2011


ONE IS DEFINITELY THE LONELIEST NUMBER.

The Alphabattle continues with the Number 1. Fewer submissions than usual, but perhaps appropriate for 1.

We’ll continue with the Number 2 in two weeks. Submit by Sunday, March 13 for publication March 14.

And the countdown begins for our Best of 2010, coming in one week, next Monday. We’ll follow with a Top 10 next Wednesday. And the Person of the Year two days later, Friday.

Now, the ONES.
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ALPHABATTLE – Z

by Beejay on February 14, 2011


ZCAPS THE YEAR-LONG ALPHABATTLE.

Or does it? Quite a few people over the past month have suggested … continuing this.

So, after asking around a little bit, it’s clear that people want to continue — with numerals, punctuation, ligatures, interrobangs, etc. So … yeah, let’s do it! (Ok, maybe not all that.) We’ll start with numbers, er, numerals.

First up is the Number One. (1 or One or No. 1 or Numero Uno or however you wish to interpret it).

You can submit your Number 1 by February 27 to be published February 28.

Now to the letter Z. Thanks to everyone for participating!

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