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Get inspired by Katrina Navasca's delicious 36 Days of Type project

Every year, the creative community comes together to share their unique take on the letters and numbers of our Latin alphabet through the annual open call that is 36 Days of Type
. So many incredible visual interpretations came out of 36 Days of Type 2021 and we’ve been following one Dribbbler’s delicious project extra closely!

Meet Katrina Navasca—a designer and illustrator who decided to take on the 36 Days of Type challenge for the very first time this year (and we’re so glad she did)! Katrina’s signature gradients and clever compositions are only a few of the reasons why we love this project so much. Keep reading to learn more about Katrina, her design process, and get inspired to challenge yourself creatively once in a while.


Katrina Navasca Hi! My name’s Katrina. I’m a Filipino-American designer and illustrator based in Richmond, Virginia. Currently, I am a graphic designer at Siege Media, a content marketing agency.

Why did you decide to participate in 36 Days of Type this year?

I really just wanted to create more. I also wanted to challenge myself to illustrate at a faster, more consistent pace. I’ve found that when you discipline yourself into this daily practice of making, you constantly discover new ways of seeing. Your old techniques quickly evolve, and your design instincts sharpen.


  1. A is for Asparagus • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet alphabet typography design flat food gradient illustration letter letter a minimal typography vector vegetable
  2. B is for Banana • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36 days of type lettering 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet banana bananas design flat food fruit gradient illustration letter letter b minimal ripe banana typography vector
  3. C is for Caprese Salad • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 basil caprese caprese salad cooking design flat food gradient illustration letter letter c minimal mozzarella tomato typogaphy vector
  4. D is for Donut • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet chocolate design dessert donut doughnut flat food gradient illustration letter lettering minimal sprinkles typogaphy vector
  5. E is for Eggplant • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet e eggplant flat food gradient illustration leaf letter letter e lettering minimal purple typography vector vegetable
  6. F is for Fries • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 crinkle cut fries fast food flat food french fries french fry fries fry gradient grain illustration ketchup letter f minimal typography vector
  7. G is for Ginger • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food ginger ginger root gradient grain illustration letter g lettering minimal red typography vector
  8. H is for Hot Dog • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 bun cookout design flat food gradient grain hot dog hotdog illustration letter h lettering minimal mustard typography vector
  9. I is for Iced Coffee • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 beverage coffee design drink flat food gradient ice iced coffee illustration latte lettering minimal starbucks straw vector


What inspired the food theme you chose?

The idea felt like second nature to me—I’ve always loved drawing food, and I enjoy finding ways to deconstruct everyday forms into simpler, geometric shapes. I also saw this as an opportunity to bring attention to foods of cultural backgrounds that aren’t as known in the Western world.


  1. J is for Jalapeño • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food gradient grain illustration jalapeno letter letter j lettering minimal pepper spicy vector vegatable
  2. K is for Korean BBQ • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet flat food gradient illustration kbbq korean korean bbq korean food letter k lettering meat minimal pork belly typography vector
  3. L is for Lumpia • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design egg roll filipino filipino food flat food gradient illustration letter l lettering lumpia minimal spring roll typography vector
  4. M is for Mussels • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food gradient grain illustration letter m minimal mussel mussels ocean seafood shell typography vector
  5. N is for Naan • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet bread design flat food gradient illustration indian indian food indiana letter n lettering minimal naan naan bread vector
  6. O is for Onion • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food gradient grain illustration letter o lettering minimal onion onion slice purple red onion vector vegetable
  7. P is for Pretzel • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food gradient grain illustration letter p lettering minimal p pretzel salt typogaphy vector
  8. Q is for Quesadilla • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet cheese design flat food gradient grain illustration letter q lettering melting minimal q quesadilla tortilla vector
  9. R is for Radish • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food gradient grain illustration leaf leaves letter r minimal plant radish typography vector vegetable


What was the most challenging part of designing something everyday for 36 days?

Keeping up with the schedule was especially challenging. I started day one blindly, with no illustrations prepared, so I was doing the challenge in real-time.

About halfway through, I actually fell behind for about a week, but I knew I had to continue!

About halfway through, I actually fell behind for about a week—but I knew I had to continue! At that point, I became less strict with myself. Keeping the quality of each illustration strong and consistent was much more important to me than catching up to the daily deadlines.


  1. S is for Salami • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet charcuterie deli meat design flat food gradient illustration letter s lettering meat minimal salami sausage typography vector
  2. T is for Tilapia • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet cilantro design dinner fish flat food gradient grain illustration lemon lemon slice letter t minimal tilapia vector
  3. U is for Ube • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design filipino filipino food flat food gradient illustration minimal purple sweet potato purple yam sweet potato typography ube vector vegetable
  4. V is for Vanilla • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet cake cone cone design flat food gradient ice cream ice cream cone illustration letter v minimal soft serve typography vanilla vector
  5. W is for Watermelon • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food fruit gradient grain illustration letter w minimal seeds typography vector watermelon
  6. X is for Xiaolongbao • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet asian chinese design dim sum dumpling flat food gradient illustration letter x minimal soup dumpling typography vector xiaolongbao
  7. Y is for Yuca Fries • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet cassava design flat food fries gradient illustration minimal puerto rican food south american typography vector yuca yuca fries yucca
  8. Z is for Zucchini • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet alphabet typography design flat food gradient grain illustration letter letter z minimal squash typography vector vegetable zucchini


Your gradient work is so impressive. Any gradient tips you can share?

My advice is to layer multiple gradients, use gaussian blur, refer to photos, and play with color. Most importantly, trust your eye, and stick with what brings the most life and light to your illustration.


  1. 0 • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet crumbs design fine china flat food gradient illustration lettering minimal number 0 plate plates typography vector zero
  2. 1 for the Road • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alcohol alphabet cherry cocktail design drink flat food gradient illustration lettering minimal orange tequila sunrise typography vector
  3. 2 Peas in a Pod • 36 Days of Type 2 peas in a pod 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet design flat food gradient idiom illustration lettering minimal number number 2 peas in a pod typography vector vegetable
  4. 3 Musketeers • 36 Days of Type 2d 3 3 musketeers 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet candy chocolate chocolate bar design flat food gradient illustration lettering minimal number 3 typography vector
  5. 4 for $4 • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 chicken nuggets chicken sandwich design fast food flat food fries gradient illustration minimal number 4 soda typography vector wendys
  6. 5 Gum • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 5 gum chewing gum design flat food gradient gum gum stick gum wrapper illustration minimal number 5 typography vector
  7. 6 Piece Nugget • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 alphabet chicken chicken nugget chicken nuggets design fast food flat food gradient illustration mcdonalds minimal nuggets number 6 typography vector
  8. 🐙 • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 8 design flat food gradient illustration minimal number 8 ocean octopus purple sea animal seafood tentacle typography vector
  9. On Cloud 9 • 36 Days of Type 2d 36 days of type 36daysoftype 36daysoftype08 candy carnival cloud cotton candy design flat food gradient grain illustration minimal nine number 9 sugar typography vector


Want to keep up with Katrina? Find her on Dribbble and at katrinanavasca.com.

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