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Great Joy

My hearty congratulations to Max Fraser on organising his fantastic Joy of Living exhibition at Somerset House, which raised £25,000 for Maggies Cancer Caring Centres. Now that all the works have sold, the list of who created each piece has gone live on the site.

I was lucky enough to be asked to create a piece myself (above). I wanted to do something typographic, so started playing around with text and letterforms on the graph paper, and found myself creating a monospaced typeface, its forms and dimensions entirely determined by the page size and the grid. Once I’d shaped out the entire alphabet I noticed that the J, O and Y had lined up in a column, which seemed too happy an accident to ignore.

I also found a bit of time to use the fantastic FontSruct online tool to create a fully functional version of the typeface, which I’ve called Sector 7 (below).

All the Joy of Living works are now sold, but Max is still collecting donations at this Just Giving page - it’s a fantastic cause, so if you have a moment, go donate.

posted: 24 March 2011
categories: Typography
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