Do you follow 36daysoftype on Instagram? You should. Each year, designers, illustrators and visual artists are invited to design a letter or number. 26 letters, 10 numbers = 36 days. I had a Z knocking about that I'd done earlier in the year so thought why not, and waddaya know, it ended up being picked up.
Showing my age here, but I remember doing all of this in a darkroom, cutting up my photographs with a scalpel and pasting them back together with glue - all the time thinking 'There must be an easier way to do this'. It turns out there was - Photoshop.