Before starting the monogram project, I was optimistic that mashing two or three letters together was going to be easy and fun. Oh, how very wrong I was. After a plethora of user errors...my nice way of describing unintelligible button smashing...I was on a slow track to understanding how shape, color (and absence of), size, and font types come together. By creating what I had floating around in my head, and manipulating those [listed] features, I was able to design a line of monograms that could carry the message of one of my Instagram accounts, @lifepoorlyexplained.
1. I used one of my favorite funky (100% free) fonts, Ragg, to attempt a manipulation of stroke lines.
Three letters of unusual shapes proved to be more than annoying for a beginner like me, so I went ahead and practiced a few more concepts with two letters - M and D. These are the initials of a company I had in mind that takes brand inspiration from McDonald's. One of those is the Easter egg in their brand style, using the Helvetica font's W as the M. Doesn't it look better? Flip your screen or head 180*! When I learned that fact, I never saw design the same again.