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Collaborate Part 3 – Choosing a background

I knew I wanted a background that had an element of Collaboration in it’s making so that the word Collaborate was reinforced by the image it sat on. I remembered that in my initial thoughts I’d mentioned a phrase about collaboration saying

“things are of greater value when others finger prints are on it”

So it occurred to me that I could create a background literally made from people dipping their fingers in inks pads and pressing them onto the paper around the lettering. So I got a couple of friends to lend me their fingers and help me print the background.

Here’s the first version whilst it was being made:

Background in the making

Background in the making

I’d chosen a dark blue, light blue and Gold ink for the image as I felt these would give a more subtle/complementary feel to the words, and would still have a sense of joy/fun. I think this has worked well, although on second thoughts a multicolored ink approach could also have worked well, given it more of an uplifted feel.

I then began to fill in the outline of the lettering and 3D edge with a black fine felt tip pen. See Below:

Collaborate with Black Outline

Collaborate with Black Outline

I found that I didn’t like the black pen outline, I think it looks much to dominant and dark. it doesn’t sit comfortably against the light/almost petal light backdrop, so I thought of a few other things to try:

Process page

Process page from Sketchbook

1. Getting friends kids to do the finger prints (for fun)

2. Taking photo’s of the finger printing process and using that to make the final image.

3. Changing the color of the font and using a more soft subtle medium – blue ink.

In the interests of time  and my limited photography skills I decided just to try the third idea, and it produced a final image that I’m happy to use as a postcard:

Final Image

Final Image



Collaborate Part 2

Inspired by the font made by Jon Calleja (see previous post), I began to work on a font for the word Collaborate.

I wanted to give the font a playful feel, so handwritten seemed best, to give that loose feel. I guess because I wanted to covey collaboration as a joyful, fun thing rather than intense or serious looking.

I started with a font that I made with all the letters connected, a continuous line drawing.

Continuous line font

Continuous line font

Looking at this it felt much too fragile and too lose to be visible against a background so I tried filling out the outline shape a bit more. But I still felt unhappy with the size of the letters so moved on to enlarge it again.


Wider continuous line fot

Wider continuous line font

Larger sized continuous line font

Larger sized continuous line font

After the third version of the font I began with I wasn’t happy with it, and realized it didn’t look much like the font which I’d hope to use as a reference (the one by Jon Calleja).

With that in mind I drew a new font, which sat much more centrally in the page, with a greater sense of cohesion/uniform across the letters. I took the idea of giving it a 3D feel by giving the letters a 3D edge. See below for the first version:

Central 3D Font

Central 3D Font

I was much happier with this font so felt able to move on to defining the font further using a fine black pen around the edges:

Central 3D font with Black Outline

Central 3D font with Black Outline

I then began to think about what background/context I wanted to sit the lettering in, more to come on that in part 3. 





Collaborate Part 1

I began my research by searching the word Collaboration in Pinterest.

I found two images of interest:

1. Collaborate by Carys Williams

Collaborate by carys Williams


I liked this image because it fits alongside that phrase I had about things being of value when others fingers prints are on it. I see the speech bubble with all the different squares of color standing for all the different people inputting, and together they make this one idea, or thing.

I’m not a major fan of the colors or font, but otherwise I like the design. I couldn’t find out much about the artist as they didn’t have a profile on the site i found the work on, but here’s a link to the site. http://www.advicetosinkinslowly.net

2. Collaborate Print by Jon Calleja


I really like the way he’s created this type, he’s not used harsh lines, but it still stands out because of the sense of it being 3D, or at least that’s how I see it.

Not sure that it communicated collaboration, maybe there’s a story behind it, I couldn’t seem to find that out!

Jon is an illustrator by trade, check out – http://www.hellojon.com/


Part 2 next….