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Personal Haiku for Project 5

Though not selected, here is my Haiku:


Explicate and arrange

Implying meaning in the mind’s eye

The notions onto life

1 Apr 2013

Project 5 – Haiku

For the start of project 5, we all had to create a haiku. Arriving at class we all shared our haikus and voted on who would represent or group, we chose to use Yan’s. Since Yan is very much so a better scribe than I, I will “reblog” her post for our group (mainly the pictures).

anyway, we end up with having the 8 inches height letters on 10 separate files( one page per file). And we send the ai files to techshop…finally.


We brough 10 pieces of cardboards and cut the two wings of each board save for later to make 1-inch squares to stack on the back of our letters. Photo Mar 30, 3 08 59 AM

Yes in order to save some money, we cut the board to the right size 18*24 before take them to the techshop.

During the weekend before we can pick up the letters, we decide to get some spray paint and clear coating and some tape for the installation.

went to homedepot and lowes and michaels to get all the materials.

Monday I went to techshop to pick up the letters. I was worried about the price because I knew we have 3-4 more boards than the other groups because our haiku is longer(maybe 10 letters more than the other groups’). Then I became to love the techshop because we only pay $65 total for this laser cutting. Ha! Happy!

Start to glue the little squares on the back of the letters. We glue 3 pieces squares into one and glue them on the back of the letters.

While they do the gluing, we start to spray the clear coat. Two hour later, first layer vanilla-an hour later second layer metallic pearl…

DSC05203 DSC05202 DSC05201 DSC05200 DSC05199 DSC05198 DSC05197(Here I want to thank my friend mamie who took these pics.)

We finally pick the green wall on third floor which is faced to the elevator and decide to use the wood base of the wall to be our baseline of the third sentence.

Photo Mar 30, 3 47 39 AM(decide to use centered layout to balance the wall)

Find the hori-center line of the wall. Put the center letters of the sentence H and P. Put on the other letters. Need to run back and forth to see the letter space in far and do the kerning. A little adjustment makes huge difference!

After finish the third sentence. we measure the height of the white bar on the left of the wall. may be we can use the white bar as frame. Divide all three sentences equally-7”  leading space between each line.

measure 7” from the cap heigh of the last sentence, tape a string from left to right so we have a straigh baseline for the sentence. repeat the running and kerning process on the third sentence. repeat the measuring, taping, running and kerning process on the second sentence. DSC052014


DSC05206Adjusting and kerning the entire Haiku, Got our finish product. And thank our group members.

During the installation, I was super excited to find out the wall is actually facing the dance department! ”


The project was a lot of fun however The fact that this took a long time to complete and that everyone had different schedules proved hard to get the group back together to get the project done before the next class. We accomplished this by showing up during the week whenever we could and adjusting it how we saw fit.

Our project was rated fairly decent and although Dan and some of the other students thought that the project would have been better off placed higher, I feel that the fact that it is low helps in seeing and reading it. Another think to add is that this Haiku faces the dance classes, so all of the dance students coming out of the class really liked that last line!

(edit: Yan informed the group earlier that our project was going to be featured in the Undergraduate Student Exhibition)

Below are some more photos that I took of the group working on our project:

1 2 3 4 5

1 Apr 2013

Here it is: Project 4

Ok well this is the final project. I sadly did not get to have a critique in class since I got the flu the days prior ( was looking forward to hearing if it was actually good xD)

anyway, for those who missed it (well technically all of you did) and those of you who might not see it when I bring it in:









For modification, you may notice all of the bars of black block and how they are all varying in size. Well they are based of the same point system however unlike with conspicuous, I decided to leave the oddities in Modification to add to the word 🙂

17 Mar 2013

Wim Crouwel, the man of modular structures

Since I am doing a project on Modular Structures I think that it would be reasonable to share with you a great typographer who has been using modular systems to design type since before there was illustrator.

his name (if you couldn’t read from the title) is Wim Crouwel

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Becuase I am a designer and not a very adept writer, here is some block info from the best place around, Wikipedia:

Willem Hendrik (Wim) Crouwel (Groningen, 1928) is a Dutch graphic designer and typographer. Between 1947 and 1949, he studied Fine Arts at Academie Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands. In addition to that, he studied typography at what is now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

In 1963, he was one of the founders of the design studio Total Design (currently named Total Identity). From 1964 onwards, Crouwel was responsible for the design of the posters, catalogues and exhibitions of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1967 he designed the typeface New Alphabet, a design that embraces the limitations of the cathode ray tube technology used by early data display screens and phototypesetting equipment and thus only contains horizontal and vertical strokes. Other typefaces from his hand are Fodor and Gridnik. In 1970 he designed the Dutch pavilion for Expo ’70 (Osaka, Japan). A design of Crouwel that is well known in the Netherlands is that of the Number Postage Stamps for the Dutch PTT (in circulation from 1976–2002).

In the years Crouwel was working for Total Design, he designed many geometric wordmarks,[1] one of which is the wordmark for the Rabobank, designed in 1973. The lettershapes have been influenced by the fact that the wordmark had to be used as a 3D light box. After the 3D application was finalized, the 2D design for print was adapted from it.

According to Wim Crouwel,[2] New Alphabet was ‘over-the-top and never meant to be really used’. However, as unreadable as it was, it made a comeback in 1988 when designer Brett Wickens used a version of the font on the sleeve of Substance by Joy Division.[3]

In addition to his work as graphic designer, he was also active in the educational field. In the 1950s he worked as a teacher at the Royal Academy for Art and Design in‘s-Hertogenbosch (currently called Akademie Voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost or AKV|St. Joost) and at the predecessor of what is now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Between 1965 and 1985 he was connected to the department of industrial design of the Delft University of Technology. From 1987 to 1993 he wasextraordinary professor in the fields of History, Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the years 1985–1993 he was director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Crouwel’s graphic work is especially well known for the use of grid-based layouts and typography that is rooted in the International Typographic Style.


Some of the typefaces he is know for are New Alphabet and Gridnik:

GridnikSpec NewAlphabetSpec2


Though the project I am doing does not allow us to use parts of the grid system (we have to fill in the entire square) I like the idea and it helps simplify what the typeface should look like and create that refined and equal look.


Some other work I enjoy from him:

Wim-Crouwel WIMhelvetica


I like his style quite a bit and just the way the forms are simplistic really draws my attention. I usually try and approach my design as simple as possible, and it seems that in this day in age that is the theme people most enjoy. Maybe I will have to design some more ideas around this system with less restraint than what I have now for my 4th project.

4 Mar 2013

Project 4 – Create two typefaces base on…

Hey there! It has been a bit since I last posted on here. At the moment I am working on Project 4. We were given two words to work with and based on a modular structure we have to build two typefaces to match those words.

I should also mention this: A modular structure is one that is based off of all same pieces that build into something. So I am building letters with little black squares that are all equal sizes. Smaller squares for finer details  is what I will mostly be using.

My words are: Modification and Conspicuous

To start, I got this very basic info:



I started to work with Modification because I thought it was the easiest/ most fun. After a few sketches after I had a chat with dan, I came up with this:



My thought process was that to be modified was the change or alter. My first view of this was a bit misunderstood and Dan pointed me in the right direction with “Think of modify as adding to something without changing the original part”. This immediatelygave me the thought of modifying something with the use of duct tape. Maybe like in a zombie apocalypse someone would modify a pole by duct taping a large bowie knife to the end of it. That led me all the way to this form of typeface:



The idea is that there is a San-Serif font (no serif) and then with the help of Tape or something along those lines the Serif could be added and on the N two Serifs were added to the bottom to add brackets.


Today (though late due to the fact this is due in two days) I came up with a brand new idea for Conspicuous  Since the word means to stand out and to not want to hide, I had the image of Godzilla standing behind some buildings not giving a crap who sees him. Just kind of hanging out. However this was different from the frist few sketches I came up with:

conspicuous conspicuous2



Those were based upon a “Conspicuous Tower” sort of feel.

And this is the sketch that I came up with today:



add a bit of illustrator and….

Typeface Design


Bam. The mighty S sitting behind some buildings. Not trying to hide at all, just hanging out.


Well thats where I am at today. I Shall update with more photos of the whole typefaces together once I complete them in the next few days…


4 Mar 2013

The letter Eppe.

For the project three (as you may know from my previous posts) we were to create our own letter. I will admit I was extremely confused for most of the work and I did not even fully understand how we would go about dong it until a few days before.

The first thing we looked at were the characteristics of the letter that were used in Modern fonts. I noticed right away the thick and thin contrasting lines and the hairline serifs.

[insert characteristic scan]

After getting a few designs I was told that the idea was to create a whole new letter and not just try and combine two letters together (my first two looked very spliced together). Then with the new understanding of what was to happen, I ended up going with the very first drawing I actually did.

Even when first looking at the style of the letters I always liked the t, and I always like slanted things. I also greatly enjoyed the terminal of the C or the fs so I decided to try and incorporate them into one nice form.

[insert final letter form]

That is what I came up with. As weird as it may look, it actually writes very well (aka easily able to write out the stroke). I decided to place it between the y and z because when zoomed out at about this size, it fit in and hid better than any other spot. I randomly came up with the sound/word Eppe (eh-p) because y [why], Eppe, Z [zee or zed] went really well together.


Overall I think the design went well. I would have liked to incorporate more of the curving letter forms found or the bowls of the g and o however I think it met the criteria for what we were striving for.

19 Feb 2013

In review – Yan

I decided to take home Yan’s newly created letter in hopes to critique it.

For starters it’s great, and not only that but it was championed as the best of our group of Modern Fonts. Though it is a fairly large letter it hides it easily by having the decender. I believe she said it was the same width as an m. The placement between the g and the h is perfect as it flows beautifully from letter to letter, almost helping it in a way.

Every time I look at it I feel as if it belongs in some fishing term or just the way it looks it gives off a “Hook” feeling.


Overall I think she did a very good job and it worked very well for what the goal of the project was.


[I will add a picture of her letter when I get a chance this week]

19 Feb 2013

My thoughts on last two pieces for Project 2

well I finally finished my projects and for the last two pieces I had to design they had to be letter forms to create a word without spelling the word. The first one was pretty simple and straight forward but the second idea did not come to me unti about 2am the day it was due (and it did really well in the class)


Piece one:



Contrast – Pretty easy, contrasting stroke widths from italic and bold (o)


and this was the last one:




influence – The idea was the the Q has more influence over the attention of the viewer rather than the bland O


All in all it worked well (when people tried to guess) and though the influence idea came at the last minute, I See nothing wrong with it 😀

11 Feb 2013

My Work Thus Far.

Well I have been trying to come up with a few ideas but here is what I have decided I think I like a lot  Now the idea is partially taken from the Layering that our instructor has used as an example and though a few other people (a lot actually) are doing, I think mine is the most colorful and eye catching. The colors are CMYK, however the order the are layered is the opposite, KYMC and they have slightly been blurred so you can see all the layers through.

*For those of you who may not know, CMYK are the primary printing colors. C is Cyan, M is Magenta, Y is Yellow, and K is Black.

[RGB are the primary display colors – Red, Green, Blue]

the A are looking at the Serifs at the feet and how they differ between Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic (in that layer order)

The R is looking at the way the leg kicks out and I am showing all four versions (same as A) and how they look together. The first one is the same format at the A and the second is a new design that makes it easier and more “Fun” and “Energetic” while showing the legs a bit better

Comment away and let me know if you spot anything wrong or that just doesn’t fit:


A - Serif

A – Serif

R - Leg

R – Leg

R - Leg 2.0

R – Leg 2.0


28 Jan 2013

What to do, What to do…

Well starting the second part of project two I now need to pick some form of the letter to examine across the family of a font. I would like to do serif, however seeing as it was used the main example the teacher used I dont know if I should use it now xD. I also ned to figure out some way to be used in identifying the various parts of the letter. I was thinking highlighting the part of a letter and making it stick above the rest of the font, we shall see how that works though.

I will be updating with scans of my notes and some early work when I get finished with it!


[UPDATE] – This is the first part of identifying all of the parts of letter forms in two words I chose. The colors are still a WIP so they might not look so good together:


Identifying Letter Forms

Identifying Letter Forms

27 Jan 2013