10 June 2017

Lettering contest: Entries (Vol. 3)

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Hey - it's our birthday! New Elementary began four years ago today, and what better way to celebrate than with more wonderful ideas submitted to our LEGO® lettering contest! Click any image to view larger.

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Eduardo Moreira

Rafał Piasek

Rafał Piasek

Gianni Clifford

"Great competition. I had lots of fun doing this. I challenged to make the simplest form possible using only two pieces, and each letter had to use both pieces. I call my typefaces; LEAF."

Tyler Tinsley

"I'm entering my font "sly boots". My goal was to make a well proportioned readable typeface that was actually buildable and not too greedy with parts. I used lowercase "ego" to show how the font would handle descenders. The tiles at this scale lended themselves to tapered ends with the quarter circle giving the letterforms a sly appearance."

Jackson Haselhorst

Eduardo Moreira

Mark Anderson

"In LEGO, even the curved pieces lend themselves to aligning in a grid. But when you turn the whole grid a little off-kilter, it can create some interesting new possibilities. This font is simple to construct with just a few pieces per character and has a vaguely Asian vibe to it."

Rafał Piasek

Rafał Piasek

"Simple version"

Rafał Piasek

"crazy version"

Rafał Piasek

"Another fancy version."

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  1. Rafał's stacked colors are very clever, subtle and pleasing.

  2. Rafał's first entry looks the most like something that would be an actual font, with clean lines and consistent curves across the seven letters shown. Jackson's font looks almost identical except for the the "L" and "G", and while I do like his "G" better, the sharp corner on the "L" doesn't match the look of the rest of the letters (imagine all of them start out as an "O" and are modified only as much as necessary to turn them into new letters, and you'll see why that makes such a difference), and only the first two letters use the tooth tile to terminate lines. As a LEGO design, however, it won't actually work as shown. As a single layer, Rafał's would be fine, but there are no plate versions of any of the five seed parts that would allow it to be stacked like that.

    Mark's is probably my favorite of this batch, and the most innovative we've seen so far, though I'm pretty sure there's a real font out there that looks very similar.

    Eduardo's second entry makes me think of McDonald's, and I'm not sure if it's just the yellow-on-red color scheme, or if there's something in the highly stylized shapes that evokes images of the golden arches.

    We got no complete alphabets this time (Gianni's Leaf goes the farthest with one extra letter for a total of eight). This group mostly falls into those that only use one seed part, and those that use three seed parts. If Tyler did use the tooth tile in his "D", I think that makes his the first to use four of the five seed parts. Eduardo's first entry has 5/7 letters that individually use three seed parts, and his second entry has two more. Rafał's last two beat everyone out with a whopping 6/7 letters each that use three seed parts, but it's only thanks to all of the superfluous curlicues, as the "simple" version of the same font only uses one seed part.

    1. Dave, your analyses are very thorough and very interesting. You bring out alot not seen at first glance.