Cutting, mashing, and combining different letter forms to create my own. I was initially interested in the j-e combo, but then started sketching with the ‘u’ & liked the overall roundness of the letter. In my final sketch I was able to incorporate all 3!
Then I chose my final sketch & started to digitize! Here, I’m comparing in its place in with the rest of the alphabet and seeing if it makes sense. I noticed at this point that the size was off, the tittle spacing was off, and after closer inspection, there were still some other small flaws to work on.
The beginning stages of my process work. I started with observing the anatomy of Adobe Garamond Pro letterforms, and tried to understand how I would later be able to attach and “mash” parts together to create my own letter form.
Having a print out of the actual font is extremely helpful while drawing. The quality of my drawing and over all sketches came out better this way. As I was drawing, I started noticing certain parts that caught my eye. I was constantly going back to the ‘e’ and the ‘u’. Once I started maing my full sketches, I trying several things, and then trying incorporating these interesting letterforms as well. I became intrigued by the idea of the ‘i’ and ‘j’ and what it may look like for them to have a third counterpart in the alphabet. This is in my mind, I was inspired to create my final sketch…
Project two started out with me exploring the typeface Baskerville in its most basic form. I just analyzed Baskerville in bold, italic, regular, and bold italic by looking at its baseline, x-height, and cap height at first. By doing this I was able to understand the differences between the font families. The second half of part one also helped me explore that aspect as well. In part two I was able to look at the details and close in on specific parts of type anatomy. I played with color and chose letters that I found interesting while also choosing letters that had important typographic elements like Q, k, t, and S. This part of the project was my favorite because of the combination of typography and design. The second half of part two was focused more on the specific anatomical parts of the letters. I liked using color with this part as well because I found it was easier to cleanly highlight elements that I found important, and keep a cohesive theme going throughout my project. Part three was interesting because, like part two, I was able to integrate design with typography. I was interested in communicating my chosen words “contrasting” and “elegant”. This part was a learning experience, or reminder rather, where I saw how much sketching helps form ideas. I came to a conclusion about what I wanted to produce much quicker when I made tons of sketches. Over all, I loved this project. I would like to go back and even add more to part three since I found that portion so enjoyable.