Posts tagged ‘black&white’
Nice quote that stopped me in my tracks. Even though I’m a Graphic Designer, I love doing project by getting messy (screen printing, drawing, painting, etc). I don’t think value will ever be lost in handmade art.
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.
I couldn’t agree more with this poster. Not only do I feel Typography is such a beautiful thing to study and practice, but there is so much respect for hand-lettering that I think is lost nowadays due to technology and printing. This is a dynamic composition since you have this bar going across diagonally that really emphasizes that hand-lettering is a lost ‘ART’, not just a skill. The various decorative typefaces are very interesting and play off of each other since they’re all so different. The words also kind of jump off the board and come at you, which also caught my eye when I saw this piece. I’m not sure who did it or where it’s from, but I think it’s gorgeous and I only wish that one day I can accomplish such precision and perfection in my hand-drawn designs.
Here’s another cool poster I found breaking down letters, this one is by Jan Tschichold. Just like the Baskerville poster I found a while back, I think this one excellently represents how letters are formed from basic circles and lines. I’m not sure what typeface this is but I would assume it’s an old style serif because it’s very classical-looking, is obviously a serif, and there is not significant contrast in the thickness and thinness of the letterforms.
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.