Every year, the design community ardently awaits the 36 Days of Type challenge, and 2022 was no exception. Among the plethora of participants, one particular artist's works emerged with distinct acclaim – Mohamed Sherif Midoo with a mix of illustration and typography.
What distinguishes Midoo's contributions to this challenge is not merely the aesthetic finesse but his profound understanding of character and form. His illustrations for the 36 days are a testament to this. Each letter and number, although bound to its foundational shape, takes on a life of its own, becoming a character with emotion, depth, and narrative.
For instance, his representation of the letter 'A' was not just a letter but an emblem of avant-garde artistry. He played with shadows, lights, and even incorporated landscapes within some alphabets. With each passing day, Midoo managed to surprise his audience. There was a consistent element of unpredictability. Just when you thought you had understood his style or found a pattern, he would challenge that perception the next day.
Midoo’s craftiness in blending styles is remarkable. Some characters felt like they were etched in the annals of classical art, while others had a contemporary touch, juxtaposing the old and new seamlessly. This "time-travel" through styles offers viewers an expansive experience of typography's evolution, all within the span of 36 days.
His choice of color palettes, textures, and forms all intertwined to convey not just the significance of the type but also the emotion behind each character. Letters weren't just static symbols; they were dynamic, filled with motion and emotion, as if each had its own tale to narrate.
In conclusion, Mohamed Sherif Midoo's illustrations for the 36 Days of Type 2022 challenge weren’t just about typeface and characters. They were about storytelling, history, art, and most importantly, limitless creativity. His works serve as a reminder that in the world of design, letters and numbers are not just symbols; they are a canvas, waiting to be transformed into art. Midoo did just that, and his works will undoubtedly remain a highlight for years to come.
Illustration and typography samples
Sketches & Outline
For more information make sure to check out Mohamed Sherif Midoo Behance profile.