Type Battle 30 // Numerals for Found Lettering

Ngoc Ngo's picture


Search out and take a picture of interesting, hand-drawn lettering. Then, design a set of numerals (0, 1, 2, 3, ...9) in the style of the found lettering. Be sure to submit a photo of the original with your design.

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.


- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi
- Color: Black and White only (for the design)
- Format: JPG or PNG


This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle30
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

Ngoc Ngo's picture

Need some inspiration? Here are a few examples of great, found lettering from Zara Evens' Flickr pool. Or, check out Zara's entire set of Typographic Findings here: http://flickr.com/photos/zara/sets/82922/

Bendy's picture

Can we post pictures and skip the numerals part?
Other typophiles might be able to make numerals better than me!

Ngoc Ngo's picture

Sure, Ben. Don't worry about other Typophiles. Let's see what you got!

Bendy's picture

ok well this challenge is a bit hard for me so let's see if anyone can make anything with these pictures...just had them back from the lab, taken travelling in India.

I'd love to know what Sleemy music sounds like :)

and an older one if anyone's interested:

Zara Evens's picture

Nice pics, but where is the talent in here? This is a battle, not a slide show!

mariuscannard's picture

Since nobody else is posting, here's what I have so far. It may be cheating, as the original type came from a book cover, and may be an actual font... don't know. It still needs allot of work, especially the four and the six. I'm new to this so feedback would be appreciated. (and I apologize for the poor scans, I have yet to do a clean copy)

Okay, can't get the second image to post, here's a link to an copy. http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n49/n248669.jpg

cerulean's picture

For "Guiseppe Verdi Bal Maskowy" above:

Bendy's picture

>where is the talent in here?
You're right, I was hoping someone else could make something of them, not trying to win with some photos!

Cerulean, those numerals get my vote, they came out really great. I like the crazy 6. well done! :)

beejay's picture

beautiful Kevin!

eliason's picture

Nicely done, cerulean.

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