Justin Leland Typography Award

Explore every possibility

VINCE, A FORMER STUDENT of Ray's, sent Lead Graffiti an email asking for help producing a certificate for an award in the name of a good friend of his, Justin Leland, who had recently passed.

While Vince was telling us about Justin, he mentioned that Justin often said, "Explore every possibility." Justin's signature phrase became the border, as well as its exploration of position and color possibilities.

The nitty gritty

The award prints in the 4 process colors of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). We hand-set the border in a perfect square in 60-point Neuland Inline. The words rotate around the border, changing color with each rotation. A radiating dingbat appears in each corner except one to reference the loss.

The inner text is handset metal type from the Garamond we had received earlier from Roland Hoover.