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Spring Break Letter-Pressing

So I had an amazing spring break… one of the things I had the opportunity to do was to go to Signal Return Letter Press in Downtown Detroit and make some postcards… Below are a few of the ones I played around with. I really got a thrill out of doing this all by hand, and it definitely makes you appreciate the craft a lot more since it’s very time-consuming and tedious. I loved making this post cards and I definitely am more interested in hand-setting type and printing things the old-fashioned way! Hopefully I’ll get to go back soon and make some more 🙂



17 Mar 2013




I like the transparency of this design because it’s interesting and captivating but doesn’t look muddled or pointless. The color scheme is also very nice and soothing.

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7 Mar 2013

Project 2 – Visual Essay

Here’s my final piece for our second project which is a visual essay.

The essay talks about a ring that I got from my parents when I was about 12, and how important it is to me. The Visual Essay, when printed, is folded accordian style.


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7 Mar 2013

Marian Bantjes Valentine



Love this! Wish I made it 😛 Great colors, great balance throughout and really keeps your eye interested and engaged. Also there’s a lot of depth created just by using different colors and simply-shaped lines. Very nice!

13 Feb 2013

Project 1 – Order!


Forgot to upload this a while back but this was my final poster for our first project that focused on Order. My image is off a mural on a random building in Detroit, and essentially I wanted to communicate that there is a particular Pattern Language in the world of graffiti, and I think that this image was a perfect example of how someone took that pattern language for graffiti and switched it up and created something entirely new out of it, becoming more of a piece of public art than graffiti. I want the circles to contrast the grid-like brick pattern in the image and I really wanted the image to be the main focus..

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13 Feb 2013

Visual Essay


For our next project we have to create a visual essay… the object that I’m working with is this golden ring with emeralds and diamonds in it. This is one of the many images I took thus far, but I think I need to get more creative and focus less on the object and more of the context of the story behind the object..

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13 Feb 2013

Living Letters

Another great example of hand-drawn lettering. Not only do I like this because it’s done manually, but it’s extremely expressive. It’s use of a calming, cool color and the vines sprouting out from all over the letter contrast the mechanical designs inside of the letter itself. The letter just seems to burst into life and breaks all the rules and barriers that a typical letter should have. I think this is great inspiration to how Typography can be extremely expressive, and you can essentially make it whatever you want it to be.

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12 Nov 2012

More Modular Type

This is another really attractive modular type system I stumbled upon. Obviously the colors are what attracted me first – they are very harmonious and calming – the words aren’t jumping out at you! One thing I noticed is right at the top, the N and U essentially mirror each other, but the artist used different colors, which helps to differentiate between the two. I enjoy that not all parts of these letters are strictly the same (the stroke weight of the T is larger than the U right next to it). This variation makes the typeface very interesting and fun to look at. I also enjoy the use of square and circular shapes, not just one or the other. The texture within these letters are also very intriguing and captivating – resembles wood or marble.

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1 Nov 2012

Modular Typefaces

This is a modular typeface that I stumbled across while doing research for our next Typography project. I think this one caught my attention because the bright blue obviously jumps out at you, but the type fits a grid but is not so strict. The slight curves in certain letters (v, a, b) create dynamism but overall are unified as an alphabet. The negative space in these letters also helps to create the individual letterforms – if they were all filled in it would not be as interesting. Also, what I think makes this attractive is that certain letterforms are missing that we are used to – such as the middle leg in the lowercase ‘m’, the bar in the ‘f’, etc. It is still legible, but is a variation on our typical alphabet, which makes it very unique.

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1 Nov 2012


I think this image is a really awesome example of Typography, and using different typefaces throughout. The word ‘Beirut’ is in about 3 different typefaces (from what I can tell) and that makes it very interesting and dynamic. Also, the more formal type at the bottom kind of balances the more rigid and bold type on the top. I also like the use of complementary colors with black and gray. It’s very simple yet intersting.

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25 Oct 2012