You never really realize how much stuff you accumulate with kids until they take everything out of its hiding place and you see everything strewn all over the floor This is only exacerbated in a larger space because the items get spread all over the house across multiple rooms and it is up to you to pick up the pieces, put the all together in the right games/ kits/ puzzles/ etc. and then put them all back in their proper place. Something that I realized very early on was the need for some sort of storage bins to organize everything.
Since I’m slowly figuring things out, I didn’t want to splurge on really nice bins or anything. I found these really cheap but serviceable plastic bins in the $1 section at Target that would do the trick. Once I got them and started to place the various toys in bins, I quickly realized I was going to need some sort of labeling system so that not only I, but my husband and the kids, would remember what goes where.
I am really interested in typography and the various different methods of representing information. Variations on how you write the message with color font, size, shape and pattern, will ultimately influence the user on what they are understanding.
I thought it would be fun to try my hand at whimsical typography for labeling these bins. I wanted to have a visual shape to the words, so that my kids can recognize what goes where since they are still too young to read. I think the most difficult part for me was how to categorize the various bins, especially the “general crap” bin. How do you distill that into one word that isn’t “crap”? Well, I got through it eventually, although it took me longer than I would care to admit to finish all of the labels! Here are images of some of the tags I created. I got some craft scissors I wanted to try out so I decided to use them for the borders of the labels, but I’m not sold on it yet. I may end up cutting it down to a straight rectangle. We’ll see how I feel in a couple months…. What do you think?