The ramblings of a college student, knitter, designer, and traveler on new projects, class schedules, random thoughts, and travels.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I Heart Architectural Lettering!
Somewhere in the middle of this school assignment I got the feeling that I had gone back to kindergarten. Remember those writing pads with newsprint paper and three blue lines for each line of lettering you were supposed to write? Painstakingly lining up the tops and bottoms and middles of each letter as you learned how to form them for the first time? Picking up your pencil after each stroke? Yup. I've been demoted. I thought I was livin' large as a college student and then they tell me that I have to learn to write once again. They have a fancy word for it: architectural lettering. It's the type of lettering they use on floorplans and blueprints and presentation boards to be as legible and neat as possible. My assignment was to write five lines of 1/4" lettering, five lines of 3/16" lettering, ten lines of 1/8" lettering, and ten lines of 1/16" lettering. I had to do two such papers. If you think this sounds easy, try ruling 1/16" wide spaces on a piece of printer paper and writing a word legibly between them. And then doing it again a few hundred times.
It was the most mindless of my homework for last week, though. I'd take more of it every now and then. :-)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.