Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

MoviePeg alphabet

Posted on 09 August 2010 Comments

Article illustration for MoviePeg alphabet

On Friday I received a gift in the post from Brendan and the lovely people at mN: their new MoviePeg for iPad. It’s a great little bit of kit and I was amazed that something so simple can do such a good job of propping up the iPad, whether it’s for movie-watching (its original intention), a marathon email session, or pretty much anything else in between.

However, while fiddling around with the two parts of the MoviePeg over breakfast this morning, I found that it has another, unadvertised function: a revolutionary type design tool!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… the MoviePeg alphabet!

Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet

( View the MoviePeg alphabet set on Flickr.)

It’s true that I’ve done a fair bit of cheating here: the MoviePeg’s hooks are used as mere serifs in some letters (R, V, etc.) and full-on construction blocks in others (A, S, etc.). Plus there’s a mix of lowercase and uppercase throughout and a lot of liberty-taking (H, anyone?), but this is just a bit of fun. If you have alternative ideas for certain glyphs, please feel free to link them up in the comments below!

Ah, the things one does when one should actually be filling out a mortgage application form…

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