Spring Type Hunting in the ATL

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Typography, or the study of letterforms, is all about training the eye to see the visible and invisible. I teach a beginning typography class at Portfolio Center, and I love start by sending my students out around Atlanta on a type hunt. Students are told to look for interesting letterforms in the urban environment: A–Z and 0–9. It is a great way to really study form and learn a bit more about our city. It is an engaging way to begin training the eye and getting students to think about the forms of letters and numbers and every student enjoys the excursion and the break from the computer.

I sent my new Type 2 class out on the hunt this past week. They were lucky to have some beautiful spring weather for exploration. The class picked their favorite example of each letter and number. The type was discovered around town from the newly renovated Ponce City Market to the Atlanta Beltline, Inman Park, Little 5 Points, Old Fourth Ward, Decatur, Virginia Highland, Westside, Cabbagetown and East Atlanta You can see the results, pictured above.

Special thanks to student Alex Minkin for pulling together the images and creating the grid above.

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