Hector Torres, graphic design intern and MFA student, shares his work at TypeThursday Los Angeles.

Better Letters Together: Hector Torres

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May 14, 2018 · 4 min read
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Hector’s project before showing at TypeThursdayLA

Project background

Ahuizote was inspired by lettering on pre-revolution signage created by the Hijo del Ahuizote newspaper in Mexico. Hector used an original photograph of the sign for reference; he then reworked and refined the letterforms.

What was working?

Hector was happy with the handcrafted feel, as well as the Mexican historical subtext.

What was challenging?

Hector was finding it challenging to achieve readability without erasing the letters’ quirks in the process. He was also encountering difficulties standardizing the shapes of the serifs. Lastly, the letter ‘S’ was remarkably delicate; Hector wanted to be sure it fit with the rest of the alphabet.

In a presenter’s words: Hector’s TypeThursday experience

After Hector introduced his piece to the crowd, the Dialogue Lead opened the floor to attendees to share their expertise and observations. At TypeThursday, group discussion is always constructive, revolving around form, process, tools and techniques. Of the experience, Hector says:

Informed practitioners like Arabic type designer Kourosh Beigpour ensure effective input from the audience.
All signs point to improved letterforms: Hector’s typeface before and after showing at TypeThursdayLA.

Unfinished letterforms are just our type

From our jobs to Instagram, seems we’re always expected to present our best faces. At TypeThursday, we take the pressure off by accepting every face — especially the imperfect! In fact, the less polished, the better: works in progress allow our talented crowd to give you comprehensive feedback you can put to immediate use. So go ahead, bring us that half-lettered quotation — together we’ll put a period on it. Submit your work to a TypeThursday near you.

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    Type Thursday

    A meeting place for people who love letterforms.