The 36 Days of Type is a project that invites designers, illustrators, and graphic designers to express their particular interpretation of the letters and numbers of the Latin alphabet once a year. Taking place for the 7th time last February, the challenge which began as a personal project by two Barcelona based graphic designers, Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea, has gained a HUGE following on Instagram where the challenge garners thousands of participants in its every edition.
A yearly open call exploring the creative boundaries of the letterforms, where participants are challenged to design a letter or number each day for 36 consecutive days, as a global and simultaneously act showing the outcome of the ability to represent the same symbols from thousands different perspectives. The project aims to be a space for creation around typography and its endless graphic possibilities. Starting with A, and finishing with 9, with some editions adding the ampersand to the mix, the 36 Days of Type offers a unique opportunity for creatives to develop, and connect through a common interest.
Starting with A, and finishing with 9, with some editions adding the ampersand to the mix, the 36 Days of Type offers a unique opportunity for creatives to develop, and connect through a common interest.
The initiative is a great way for creatives and designers to challenge themselves to develop their style and skills, but also offers an opportunity for other creatives and type lovers everywhere to be inspired, and marvel over the incredible amount of stylish, beautiful, and imaginative type design out there.
Over 900 000 designs can be found on Instagram with #36daysoftype
For each edition of 36 Days of Type, willing participants share their artworks via Instagram, by uploading and tagging their work with the hashtag #36daysoftype – and so submitting their work to the challenge. The 36 Days of Type team selects a curated few to showcase on their official @36DaysofType account, but all designs can be found by searching the hashtag.
But before you head over to Instagram, enjoy our 36 current favorites we selected among the thousands, which inspire and amaze us, each one in its own unique way. The versatility of techniques, colors, and materials used blows us away, and truly proves, no one thing, even as simple and common as a letter, is experienced and seen the same by all.
Which ones are your favorites, or did we miss one that definitely should be on this list? Let us know, or submit your own designs via email, or on our Instagram account. Find more TYPE inspiration here.