Text doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. When we design learning resources, we tend to go with the default font options presented by the template. Selecting a font however, is as important as the images or other media that go onto a page.

In my hunt for different fonts I stumbled upon Scott Lambert‘s work. He approaches type from a different angle. What if your type had a face? And now it has to represent you with a single letter.

Every font has its own personality.

Nancy Duarte

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank new template.

Next tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and add text from the Shape Library.

Type the first letter of your name.

Select the letter and play around with the different fonts by tapping on the paintbrush. Experiment with your favorite color to give it even more personality.

TIP: If you can’t find your font in the default library, then have a look at the free fonts in Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Install the additional typefaces.

Add shapes to create a face out of your letter.

Share your end result.

Going Further.

Add drawings to take your type face to the next level. Bring your result to life  with different facial expression exported as an animated GIF. To do this, duplicate your first  slide and change the expression.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!