In last week’s design class, we began our study of typography. We had to create our own six-word memoir, which we used to practice hand lettering. The memoir idea is based on an NPR Talk of the Nation series. We were asked to write a story of our own life in six words. Sounds hard, doesn’t it? You should try it sometime because it’s actually quite fun!
Naturally, I made a word list, which is always a great place to start a writing challenge. I thought about the description of an ISFP, my personality trait defined by the Myers Briggs personality test. It says I’m a quiet, artistic, loyal, individualistic, sensitive person who lives for the present moment. Here’s what I came up with
“Quiet individual creating in the moment.”
I spent in class measuring out the baseline, the x-height and the ascender lines, and then figuring out how to fit everything evenly on one page. My spacing ended up being far from perfect, but I usually write in messy cursive writing, so this was hard.
On the drive home from class, I thought of another six-word memoir:
“Right-brain in left-brain job.”
I decided to stick to the original saying because I don’t want my job to define me, no matter what I do for a living!
What would your six-word memoir say?