My brother made me aware of 36 Days of Type and, wow, it was brilliant. Taking place annually, it is a celebration, over 36 days, involving designers, illustrators and creatives from all around the globe. You are challenged to create a new letter or number each day, starting with the alphabet and finishing with numbers 0-9. I wanted to create something usable out of my daily submissions and a 36 Days of Type Typography Chopping Board seemed to be the answer. I decided to give this away as part of a competition to coincide with the launch of this website too!
Where To Start
The English Beech timber for this board came from Whitney Sawmills, who are local to us. They are also committed to replanting trees as they are felled for a sustainable future.
Once I had selected a blank chopping board I wanted to use I needed to finalise the layout. Although I would only be submitting and burning a letter a day it was important that the combination of the letters and numbers work together. I couldn’t wing it and needed to know the chopping board would (hopefully, anyway) look perfect.
All of the fonts are available through Google Fonts.
F-Playfair Display Bold Italic
H-Fira Sans Thin
J-Old Standard TT Bold
K-Alegreya Sans Light
L-Open Sans Bold
M-Archivo Narrow Regular
P-Lato Medium Italic
T-Anonymous Pro Italic
V-Libre Franklin Regular
X-Libre Baskerville Regular
1-Crimson Text Bold
3-Source Sans Pro Extra Light
4-Gentium Basic Bold
7-Space Mono Italic
9-PT Serif Regular
I had recently got a new set of photography lights and I was keen to test them out during this project. I took pictures and a number of timelapse videos of me working on the typography chopping board. Forcing myself to focus on one letter at a time meant I really concentrated on each mark I made. I loved allowing myself a little time each day to work on the board.
I’ve included some of my favourite letters below:
I felt proud to have completed the project, without letting myself down. This remains my longest ever project, to date. The burning started on 21st February and finished with the final branding, #36daysoftype_04, and care instructions on 29th March.
I was really pleased with the finished result, especially once the board was oiled. It was a mixture of emotions though-pleasure at having completed the project, and sadness it was over for the year.
The time came for me to wrap up the board and send it off to the competition winner. Nicky, the winner of the board, decided she wanted to share her prize with a friend. I was lucky enough to receive some feedback from them both.
Next year’s 36 Days of Type is on the agenda and I’m thinking of how I want to be involved. I haven’t decided whether this might involve more than one product…decisions, decisions.
I loved burning this typography chopping board and I would be happy to hear from any type fans if they would love a bespoke chopping board of their own. Just get in touch via the contact page.