Word Pictures

I came up with a little creative challenge: simultaneously draw and spell a word. That is, arrange and bend a word's letters until they look like the thing that word discribes. I made about two dozen of these, the best eight are below. The first one is "clock".


A nice thing about this exercise is that you can do it with simple lines. Though I plan to improve my graphic skills and meet this challenge with more fleshed-out images. There is also the possibility of animating these images so they alternate between the picture and a more obvious "spelling" with the mishapen letters upright and readable left-to-right.

A month later, I found Scott Kim's book Inversions, which is all about building symmetries out of letterforms, often playing with meaning. Here are two symmetries of my own: