The web is so full of dull, overused fonts that it can begin to feel less like an innovation hub and more like, well, a sticky spider web trap of bad design (check out Font Police, if in doubt). What better antidote to a bad type overdose than an the alphabet from an entirely new, playful, colourful perspective?
Partly created for 36 Days of Type – a bright, fun, innovative project that invites designers, illustrators and graphic artists to go bonkers on the alphabet – Madrid-based 3D CGI artist Jenue’s inventive ideas are just the right type (sorry….) to fit the creative, playful brief.
Creating a letter a day with plasticine, Jenue tried to create in a different style each day. From the letter A (shown) that looks like a sea monster about to come to life to a mesmerising, blockish Z (read on to see), Jenue has taken familiar shapes in unfamiliar direction – and perhaps help convinced a few bored kids to learn their ABCs.
Here, we’ve put together Jenue’s alphabet. Right now, there are a few letters missing – as he’s still in the process of creation. Once he’s finished, I’d love to see it in a dizzyingly cool, usable font.
We love the shine in this bubbly B.
Jenue shows off his knack for 3D textures with C.
With a great use of light and shadow, D looks wobbly and hand-crafted.
This is why it's best to view these letters in order: following the rigid lines of D, the sweeping colours of E keep you reading.
We love how the shape of the letter F has been taken a step further with the bright folds.
Strange, atmospheric, and unique in that it doesn't look like a shape you can pick up and hold, G is a nice inverse to the rest of Jenue's work.
Though it's partially covered by what looks like a disturbingly dark material, you can still see the unmistakable shape of H.
I flows beautifully from bottom to top: getting smaller and smaller, with darker and darker colours, until the dot floating on top finishes it off.
Image: L (K is to be completed)
Image: U (T is to be completed)
Image: W (V is to be completed)
Image: Z (Y is to be completed)