Who needs rationale when it comes to making letters? I certainly don’t! The most fun lettering exercises, as I doubtless say every time (sorry) are the ones where you just run with something and see where it goes – it’s all about that iterative process, as one wonderful man always used to say.

And so, eyeing a coat hanger and seeing that its lines and curves could easily be bent into several letterforms spiralled into a afternoon of work. That’s an achievement in itself at the moment, regardless of the result. Thank you, coat hanger – potential there was! I ended up with a veritable wardrobe full of alternatives:

The process, there. Having sliced those up in Photoshop and Illustrator, they were a bit rough and ready, so I had a go at refining some of the stronger ones. Among my favourites are probably the M, W and E, who came out of the closet looking quite bold and trendy. I did enjoy using the hook for slimmer, twisty forms too, though, as you can probably tell.



Well, it gave me something to do with my Sunday! I wonder if there are other objects lying around that I can subject to similar experimentation…

  1. Good job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    Remember we’ve mentioned the Speccy before? One of my more complex programs was a font designer.

    It ‘peeked’ into memory to import the current font, then you could make changes to the character set on a 8×8 grid and ‘poke’ it back. When happy with your changes you could press a save button to redirect the system to your own memory location and hey presto the whole screen would have your own design fonts.

    Shame that it was probably to big to run on the 16k, added to which that was the only program running… showed early promise though โ˜บ๏ธ

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    • Jacob said:

      Cheers, mister ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Nice! It’s always fun to hear of your Speccy exploits. About a year ago, I actually downloaded a few programs which aimed to do similar, hoping to post results here, but I never seemed to be able to get them saving (or even loading, in some instances). I got a bit further with Atari 2600 equivalents, but, naturally, it’s just not the same!


  2. Jill Kuhn said:

    This is fabulous!! You are so creative! After looking at your โ€œwardrobeโ€ of letters, I thought, I wonder if shoe styles could be letters?! Something to ponder… ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ข๐Ÿ‘ž

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, thanks so much, Jill! It’s always fun playing with letters. And yes, I did think about heels and boots after this, actually – maybe soon!

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  3. These are fabulous, Jacob, really inspired! Who would have thought a simple coat-hangar could evolve into a whole alphabet? Well, you did – obviously! You’re the Eric Gill of the everyday household object!

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    • Jacob said:

      Glad you enjoyed them, Michael! It’s a bit of a throwback to university, where we’d have a studio day to do essentially the exact same thing but with the shape or object picked at random. I like to redo it whenever I can, because it’s so much fun! Say, I wonder if there’s anything that can be done with quinces… ๐Ÿ˜‰


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