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Lettering with LEGO using new tile shapes

As I mentioned a number of times before, one of my favorite LEGO blogs is New Elementary, run by British LEGO fan Tim Johnson (a.k.a. caperberry). Tim focuses on analyzing new LEGO pieces (thus the name of the blog) to discover their full potential. He looks at everything; shapes, colors, connection-points, compatibility, interaction with other pieces, and more. The articles are very interesting and helpful, especially for those who like to work on their own creations. Tim also encourages LEGO fans to share their own discoveries via various collaborations, like the most recently completed LEGO Lettering Contest. 🙂

The LEGO Lettering Contest was inspired by all the new curved and angled tiles that LEGO added to their parts-inventory in the past couple of years. Looking at these new pieces, one of the most obvious applications that come to mind is using them for lettering. Thus, Tim challenged the LEGO fan community to participate in a friendly competition to come up with various LEGO font types.

The only rule for the contest was to utilize at least one of the new LEGO tile pieces pictured above; the 2×2 Macaroni Round Corner Tile, the 1×1 Half Circle Round Tile (often used for LEGO creatures as teeth), the 1×1 Quarter Circle Round Tile (also referred to as pizza slice or watermelon slice), the 4×4 Macaroni Round Corner Tile, and the 2×2 Modified Square Tile with Cut Corner. Participants only had to spell out LEGO DNA with their letters, although many of the contestants ended up creating an entire alphabet. See contest announcement here: LEGO LETTERING CONTEST

As you can imagine, this contest brought in a lot of creativity. In fact, there were over a hundred entries, which were split up into several batches for easy viewing. You can check out all of the entries at the following links:

As this building event was also a contest, Tim and a couple of other judges eventually had to choose three winners. Eduardo Moreira from Brazil created some really pretty yellow letters with white borders on a blue background. Li Li from the US combined the tiles with some other interesting parts for Gothic-style lettering. And Jeffrey Kong from ArtisanBricks.com in Singapore spelled out LEGO DNA with both regular lettering and Braille. See the all the winning entries here: LEGO LETTERING CONTEST RESULTS

Learning to make various fonts with LEGO is a really fun part of the hobby, and it can also be useful for making signs and other lettering. The new tile pieces definitely make the process a lot easier, as they provide curves and shapes that were not possible before. And, as it has been demonstrated by the entries in this contest, there are so many ways to use the new tiles to create so many different font types. You might even get inspired to make your own!

What do you think? How do you like these LEGO lettering examples? Do you have some favorites? Have you experimented with the new tile pieces yet? Which parts do you find the most useful? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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  • brickmaster June 28, 2017, 10:29 AM

    Really great designs! I will be referring to this a lot when I need lettering done. THanks a lot for sharing them here.

  • LEGOJeff June 28, 2017, 12:00 PM

    Funny! I was just looking for lettering ideas! These will really help! So many great designs!

    • admin June 28, 2017, 2:13 PM

      Glad to hear the timing worked out for you! Have fun finding a design that is suitable for your project. 🙂

  • jabber-baby-wocky June 28, 2017, 1:35 PM

    These are fantastic! Those curved tiles make lettering so much easier. I like the black and white gothic letters the most because of the combination of the tiles with other interesting pieces. But they are all great!

  • SPMom June 28, 2017, 1:39 PM

    Where to get lots of these curved tiles in bulk and in different colors? We would like to try some lettering using the examples, but we mostly just have straight tiles.

    • admin June 28, 2017, 2:12 PM

      You can get them on BrickLink, however please keep in mind that some of the curved tiles are still very new and they only appear in a few color. For this contest, there was no color restriction. Therefore, you will see many of the digital entries using colors that don’t yet exist in real life for a particular shape. If you want to use specific colors, you can mix the tiles with regular LEGO pieces, like you see some of the entries have done. 😉

      • Håkan June 29, 2017, 4:58 PM

        Are they available for bulk buys on Lego Bits and Pieces, yet? (Or whatchamacallit…)

        • admin June 29, 2017, 5:05 PM

          With new pieces like these, BrickLink is usually a better option, but it is always worth checking to compare availability and prices. I should also note that Bricks & Pieces orders take about two weeks to arrive in the US, so at least for us, buying locally is usually a better option. 🙂

  • Lisa September 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

    Lego referred me to your website. I am a kindergarten teacher and would like to know which small brick legos my kids could use to make the curved letters of the alphabet??

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