Junk Drawer Fonts

The Rundown: Let's take a look at the two objects you grabbed from your junk drawer. The shapes or outlines these items make will be your two shapes.

The Assignment: Create a typeface out of only these two shapes. Build all letters of lower or uppercase by only using these two basic shapes. Use each shape the least amount of times as possible within each letter. The individual with the smallest total amount of used elements is the winner! 

(please note: you don't really win anything...)

The Rules:

  1. You can rotate and flip the shapes.
  2. You cannot skew a part.
  3. You can pick an initial scale for each part, but once that scale decision is made, you cannot scale either part later on.
  4. Parts can intersect, overlap.
  5. Sketch out characters first, both upper and lower cases: 52 characters in all!
  6. Scan or photograph objects for digital use (see homework below).


In Class work

  1. Isolate and vectorize the shapes using Photoshop/Illustrator (I'll demonstrate in class)
  2. In Illustrator, begin to assemble your letterform shapes from your initial sketches on a copy of the baseline grid we created in a previous class 


  1. Read Letters of Credit pg. 26-48