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Scavenger Hunt Reflection


Initially when handed the task of creating a geometric typeface our group attempted to target letters within technology.  We were able to find some letters by using headphones, video game controllers, and a pinball machine among other things.   Very soon we realized that we gave ourselves a difficult task by limiting ourselves to such a small category.  We then decided to regroup and gear our search toward letters with an industrial, metal, clean, and bold look.

Our group agreed on visiting local parks and searching for letters within the playground structures, ladders, swing sets, tubes, and poles.  We did not assign specific letters to each individual as we thought this may restrict us on obtaining great quality letters if one had the opportunity.  Our mission was to get into the field and snap photos at anything that resembled a letter.  After the photo shoots we compiled our images, converted them to grey scale.  Once in grey scale the levels were adjusted, and then brightness and contrast were altered to give definition to the letters.  Following the alteration of the letters it was much easier to see which letters looked best with each other.  This really started to unite the letters into a cohesive typeface.

All the letters lying next to each other truly capture the geometric essence of one another.  Alone each letter has its own quality that is rarely admired in public, but when these formations are united with one another one can see the hidden beauty in all of them.  Everyday objects that a neglected and used for practicality are given the stage to find the style and artistry that lies beneath.  Since completing this project I have found myself searching for letters constantly, and I feel this is a habit that will not be going by the wayside anytime soon.

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Posted by Ryan Caldwell on September 11, 2014

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