Initially, tons of ideas came to mind, both photographed and illustrated, which I immediately put down on paper and sketched. Some, as I thumbnail-ed them, I realized might be difficult or expensive, whereas others seemed to pop out to me. I then went on to do some online research, skimming through hundreds of unique fonts for inspiration. Included are a handful of the most interesting ones I found.
Preliminary sketches and ideas, from a list, to thumbnails, to more fleshed out ideas. I liked the idea of using counter forms on top of a pattern or contrasting colour to make the letters, but it proved difficult to read and wasn't making me inspired. So, as I continued, I was surprised that I enjoyed the "zombie hand" idea the most. Not being a zombie/apocalypse person, this was new for me, but I found it liberating to be able to break the fingers at will to create legible letter forms, so I made the full alphabet in quick sketches.
The first project of semester two in 2D Design: Create a font using any medium, 3 or 2 dimensional, to design a unique alphabet.
Taken from the actual handout, the Project Description says: "Design
a typeface that will be composed from elements
in the world around you. Assemble your twenty-six-character alphabet
using only found objects
or environments of your creation. Letters may be documented through collage, photography, photocopying, digital
and/or traditional illustration, and other appropriate mediums."