Six Words or Nothing

Six Word Story Every Day is, says type designer Chank Diesel,”a different six word story every day, exploring storytelling and typography by lots of different great designers and writers. They put up a different story every day for a year.”

– One story will be posted each day in 2011
– Stories need to be exactly 6 words, with each word included in design
– File dimensions: RGB, flattened JPG, 900 pixels wide*
– Send stories to sixwordstoryeveryday@gmail.com at any time
– Include story text, full names of designer and writer, website & Twitter links
– We will curate the submissions and email you if your story is posted
– Have fun! Be original!

The project has evolved from when in 2010 “it was just one writer and one designer who made a story every day.”  The writer was Van Horgen and the designer was Anne Ulku. Here are the 365 stories they made.

“I don’t know exactly what they’re gonna do this year,” says Chank, “but I have been impressed and inspired by those funny little typographic stories they’ve been putting up every day (and of course I’m flattered they used a few of my submissions).”

Credits (from top):

I’ll choose happiness every damn time. 
Writer/Designer: Jeff O’Neal

Highballs left rings on the table.
Writer: Wendy Taylor
Designer: Virginia Shurgar Hassell

Life is better in 3D. Usually.
Writer/Designer: Kelsey Watkins

That’s what I thought, she said.
Writer: Charles Youel
Designer: Anne Ulku

She liked to watch him struggle.
Writer: Betsy Collins
Designer: Sergio Monterrubio

6 thoughts on “Six Words or Nothing

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  2. georgia

    is this project current and ongoing for 2012? the reason i ask is because the first bullet line in the post says…
    – One story will be posted each day in 2011either way, it’s a really neat project! if it is current, i would consider submitting. but if this was from last year, then i guess i won’t, but i will still enjoy viewing the links.

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  5. Elizabeth Resnick

    I gave the “6-word memoir” assignment to my Typography 1 students in fall semester. The results were quite excellent. The students were challenged to not only write their 6 words, but to interpret the meaning typographically with a minimal amount of illustration beyond the typographic form.

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