One of the first take-home exercises we'll do for 80 Works is one I'd written about a few months back, "Easy as ABC." Here's the final version of the exercise we'll discuss in class:
The exercise: Assemble a 26-character alphabet using only found objects or environments. Letters may be documented for presentation to the class through collage, photography, photocopying, digital illustration, and other appropriate mediums. You may not merge examples of computer typefaces out in the wild, document elements of existing signage, or pull in anything that may be considered a finished letterform.
There are a million number of ways to approach this exercise. Here's a few examples I've seen around the Internet that pay it off, though it looks like these designers spent a good deal of time executing these alphabets. (And the second example had a tad of Photoshop to get things to line up right...)
Hooks Alphabet by Jeffrey Tribe. From SwissMiss.
Type the Sky by Lisa Rienermann. From Mirage.Studio.7.
I'm excited to see what ideas we'll come up with!