As a child my surname proved to be a formidable roadblock for myself and my teachers. Anzollitto is a rambling word. It starts off easy enough at the top of the alphabet, and then quickly takes a hard left for the untrained tongue. You’ve got a z, double Ls, and double Ts. An O spoke in south Texas often times sounds like an A. On occasion a person would do a Tejano take and sneak in an Ñ. In learning my own name, I learned early that letters can be a funny thing–both in how you use them and how others perceive them.
In my lettering work, I strive to carry this lesson. It is the peculiar things that give reason for pause, and it is the disciplined hand that gives intention and context to the peculiar. The following is a collection of projects both personal and professional that explore this theme.