Posts tagged ‘text’
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 🙂
Here’s a really cool post I found on the Design Observer site. It talks about this German Book from the 17th Century that basically is just a compilation of different calligraphy styles applied to the alphabet. What’s truly amazing is that each page gets more and more ornate. The time it took to make these is probably ridiculous, and I definitely don’t have a steady enough hand to do something like this so I definitely respect and admire it! Take a look.
I think it gets to a certain point where some of these are borderline-beyond-legible, but amazing to look at nonetheless!
I stumbled upon an article on Eye Magazine.com that talks about Monotype’s typographical adviser, Stanley Morison, who published an article about newspaper design (that I didn’t get to fully read yet).
The quote next to this picture states “This cover photograph, probably conceived by Beatrice Warde, is the likely cause of the misconception that there was a typeface called ‘Times Old Roman’ prior to October 1932. Before that year’s redesign The Times had used a version of Monotype Modern, which was adapted from a typeface created by the Edinburgh foundry Miller & Richards.”
I think it’s just a cool looking poster and comes up with the idea of an ‘Times Old Roman’, even thought it never existed, yet you can clearly see the difference between the two typefaces.
For our final project we essentially had to pull material from this blog and organize it and design a booklet. We could use InDesign to set our text but that was it; everything had to be in black and white and we had to use paste-up techniques to put it together and we could not design the book in InDesign and then print the pieces and then paste them together since that would be cheating (although I used double-sided tape to save myself from the mess of spray adhesive :P) Here are my final paste-up pages before they were photocopied and bound into my final book (pics up later)
For ‘Supplement’ I was trying to portray the idea that a supplement is extra information, and not quite necessary. I wanted to letters to have a basic skeleton that people can see and immediately recognize it as that letter, but I wanted extra information to help build up the letter (but also isn’t necessary to understand what letter it is). I wanted this to be pretty clean and crisp, and most importantly SIMPLE.
For ‘Sluggish’ I was trying to get at the idea that it is slow-moving, un-caring, and lazy. I wanted to letters to be moving apart from each other, going from fast (or normal) to slow, and extremely slow. I also wanted to letters to have an organic feeling since the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Sluggish’ is an actual slug, so I wanted to be sure the letters didn’t seem to digital or edgy.
Reform & Revolution
- Some designers thought distortion of the alphabet was gross and warned against it
- Avant-garde designers rejected the quest for essential letters grounded in the human hand and body
- At the Bauhaus, letters were constructed from basic geometric forms – squares, circles, triangles
Type as Program
- Wim Crouwel created designs for a new alphabet purely from straight lines… these letters were designed for optimal display on a video screen.
- In the mid-1980s computers and low-res printers made typography more accessible to the public
- PostScript and high-res printers in the 1990s created less contraints for type designers.
Type as Narrative
- Designers became unsatisfied with clean, unsullied surfaces and wanted to make letters more harsh and disorderly
- Template Gothic is designed based on letters drawn with a plastic stencil
- Dead History combines Centennial and VAG Rounded – manipulated the vectors of readymade fonts (strategy often used in contemporary art and music)]
- Beowulf was the first typeface to have random outlines and programmed behaviors
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.
I really love this design because it’s reminiscent of a Newspaper yet also has strong Typographical Elements in it with the huge letterforms that take up the design. I would assume this might be information about the typeface because the large letters spell out ‘Times Roman’, and therefore I assume that that’s the font being used. It has a very clean, and professional look to it since the smaller type fill in the letterforms and negative space. It’s very broken up but your eye and brain put it together so it’s very dynamic and interesting. There is clear hierarchy with the type and it’s black and white simplicity adds to the news-like feel.
So, for this next project I just happened to stumble upon this amazing poster design by KOYOOX (?) that shows the perfection of the Baskerville typeface. There is a clear grid and circular aspect to all of these letterforms. The way that the negative space of each letter is essentially made by or within a circle just astonishes me, yet really helps me understand the form of the letters that much better. I’m so excited I found this and I will definitely be researching it and studying it more for the duration of this project!