Project 3.1 Letterform (Forming a new letter)
Part 1: Draw
Duplicating Letter Forms
For this portion of the project we were each assigned four characters (Aa, Gg, Kk, and &). Which we had to duplicate with a 2H pencil and drawing their form. What I learned from drawing these forms was not to make an exact copy. However, to pay close attention to its placement, and it’s unique structure. My eyes started to focus on details I never thought to pay attention to before. This portion of the project helped us into transitioning to the next step.
- I had Transitional in project 2, so I had the choices of sketching either a Modern or Old-Style font.
- I chose Old-Style (Garamond) and duplicated of forms of Aa,Gg,Kk, and & with my 2H pencil
Part 2: Sketch/Collage/Trace
This second have of the project we had to print our full font family of our choice (mine was Garamond). There was a minimum of 30 sketched thumbnails and we had to focus on lower-case roman letterforms.
- Sketch 15 idiosyncratic micro-details of your typeface. (choose any exploration of a letterform of my choice)
This section we took what we learned from our font mannerism project and applied the unique anatomy in the chose font family.
- Sketch 15 combination sketches (free to combined any letters in our font family to explore by collaging/cutting/hacking/mash-up/ recombining)
Through the exploration of my combinations it gave me a quick look into each of my designs. This then helped me pick the ultimate letter forms to focus on.
I chose to focus on these sketches:
Part 3: Digitize/Design:
From the 3 combination sketches I chose to focus on, I had to digitize them and focus on the stroke weight and the intersections between each letter.
Then I met with my classmates for a small critique and they found my d,f,r and my t,u,r visually appealing. However, we all agreed as a group that my t,u,r was more promising. I had to some how make the r a little more appealing because it felt out of place. While doing so I also took what Dan said into consideration. Which was “If you were to draw it you want to make it as simple as possible for anyone to draw it too. Focus on being able to draw it with 1 to 2 strokes. I chose to put the Letterform between the Adobe Garamond “y” and “z”. This helped because I chose to me the out of place “r” to be the same length as the descender of the “y”. I found it to be visually appealing and the form of the “r” stood out and looks in place.
Turn In the Final Letterform
This final section of creating our letterform was meant to show our finalization for presentations.
- print 10×10 and place it Optically centered
- Flush-mounted on black bristol or black mounting board
- Attach a white lable on back of your boards w/ ( Name, Name of type category, Name of new letter)
Fictional Letter in context
- Flush-mounted same as the Fictional Letterform
- Set in between two (any) existing letters (in sequence-ie: do not place randomly between p and d, etc).
- Optically centered on 10”x10” page.
- Showing measurement positions (baseline, x-height, ascender, descender).
- Attach a white lable on back of your boards w/ (Name,Name of type category,Name of new letter)
Font family showing of lower- case letters of your font
- Trimmed to 10 x 10 (not mounted).
- .25” margins; generous white space; within this, get the type as large as possible for viewing/ reference.
- I chose to use the t,u,r combination
- I placed my letter for between the y and z
- I call my Letterform: WERB
This is one of my favorite projects. Just like project two I noticed a great amount of details that I never took into consideration before. I enjoyed seeing all the unique letterforms my fellow classmates created and I enjoyed our critiques with each other. We focused on alignment of the form and weight stroke. I got to see everyone’s thinking process for their own font family between modern, to transitional, and then through mine which was old-style. We faced similar struggles within different font families and I found that to be interesting.
There are small details to consider that could through off the balance of our letterform within our font family alphabet. First we had to create the letter and zoom in the the smallest details like the stroke weight and its point where the letters are combined. We had to focus on unifying these form in a way that makes the letterform look as if it were there the whole time. For example with my “r” as the tail of my letterform. It was out of place. It didn’t match up with any base line or descender within my alphabet. This is a detail I didn’t realize until my group critique.
Then there was a problem with the stroke of the “r” and the “u”. It was not a smooth transition when it came to unifying the curve and adding the “r” as a tail. I had to delete some parts of each letter to even out the stroke weights. This took a lot of time and extreme zooming in to be able to focus on that detail.
Over all I learned plenty of things throughout this project. Once again I learned to appreciate type more and more. Some times we focus to much on detail or making things bigger then what it should be. Simplicity goes a long way and that was the true learning experience I had through making my letterform.