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Pumpkin carving 2019

Published: November 2, 2019
Last updated on June 16, 2021

In the previous post, I showed you our Halloween pumpkin from this year. If you haven’t seen it, have a look here:

Halloween 2019

In this post, I will show you a bit of the design and carving process I went through.

Pumpkin sketches

I decided to carve out the Embrace ASD logo once again, but with a different approach. I tried to invert the design so I would be carving some of the background away rather than the logo itself, but it didn’t look nice. So I tried to expand the design. In the image below, you can see three designs I considered, the first being our logo without additions.

Three illustrated pumpkins with different designs on them to be carved out. The first design is of our logo, and the other two are different extensions based on our logo.

I showed the three designs to Natalie and asked her which she would carve out, and she chose the first one. I said, “I know, it’s strong. It’s just that I already did that last year.” Natalie suggested I set our name, ‘Embrace ASD’, in my own typeface, Astroville. Below you can see what she was referring to. The typeface is a dot-based design based on Baskerville, and the dots look quite like stars, hence the name.

Embrace Autism | Pumpkin carving 2019 | type Astroville EmbraceASD2

I thought it was a great idea to use text, but I decided to make it say ‘Embrace autism’, figuring it might have some value to be shared, whereas a pumpkin with our name will probably not offer that incentive. But I was a bit hesitant about using Astroville. Yes, it will look amazing to see the light from inside the pumpkin come out of all those holes (I originally designed the typeface for a project involving a lamp with the same principle, so I knew it would look great) but I worried the holes were going to be too small.

Below, you can see how delicate the design is. It doesn’t offer a lot of contrast! Next to it, you can see a stencil design I tried based on the typeface we use for Embrace ASD in general, which is Work Sans.

Another three illustrated pumpkins with different designs.

Natalie dismissed the stencil version of Work Sans, and insisted we should try Astroville, as she felt it will look amazing. She looked up videos on YouTube about using a drill to make cool pumpkin designs. So I measured our pumpkin and printed ‘Embrace Autism’ as big as possible, but not so big that the text would be greatly distorted under the curvature of the pumpkin. I cleaned the pumpkin (horrendous job, horrendous smell), taped a cutout of the print on the pumpkin, and I started drilling!


I used different drill bits for the holes of different sizes. It didn’t seem to be going very well, but I decided to just finish the job before I would remove the now half-deteriorated print and see what’s underneath. Well, it’s not perfect, but the results are pretty cool! A photograph of the ‘Embrace Autism’ pumpkin up close. A photograph of the ‘Embrace Autism’ pumpkin up close.

Halloween typefaces

An illustration of letter-shaped ghosts around the word ‘Boo!’ set in the typeface Macabre.

Lastly, if you are interested in typography, you will probably enjoy my article on two awesome typefaces that are quite suitable for Halloween among other things:

The best typefaces for Halloween

Embrace Autism | Pumpkin carving 2019 | type Macabre Boo


This article
was written by:

Martin Silvertant is a co-founder of Embrace Autism, and lives up to his surname as a silver award-winning graphic designer. Besides running Embrace Autism and researching autism, he loves typography and practicing type design. He was diagnosed with autism at 25.

PS: Martin is trans, and as of 2021 she writes under her true name, Eva Silvertant.


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