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 to 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 and diversity of letters and numbers. And who doesn’t enjoy getting away from the screen for awhile?
I sent my new Type 2 class out on the hunt recently. They were lucky to have some beautiful spring weather for exploration. The type above was discovered around town from the newly renovated Ponce City Market to the Atlanta Beltline, Inman Park, Little 5 Points, The West End, Old Fourth Ward, Decatur, Virginia Highland, Westside, Cabbagetown and East Atlanta. As a class, we voted on our favorite examples of each letter (pictured above) and number (pictured below).
Thanks to my spring quarter Type 2 class: Thomas Adams, Hannah Guthrie, James Harrill, Chanel Kim, Kendra Little, Keelan Lyons, Kaylin Miranda, Brian Pace, Landon Taylor and Tobi Odesanya. Special thanks to Brian Pace for creating the montage of all the winning files.