Project 4 – Constrained Systems
Project 4 has been my favorite project, by far. It is a lot of fun. We started by being assigned 2 different words, and were told to go and create a list of connotations for them and find visual representations for them.
After we did this, the real guts and constraints of the project came in. We had to use a modular system to create a feeling of our words in a letterform. The catch – We can only use either squares or circles, not both. These units must be modular, and we are allowed 3 different sizes of modular units, no more than that. This process started with a variety of sketches.
The last 6 sketches are the ideas I had sketched out applied to 2 letters. Synthesis was rather easy to sketch out, because the connotations were very simple to draw out and make sense of. Arrogant, on the other hand, was incredibly difficult. It’s hard to find a variety of ways to sketch out ways to convey “arrogance” through circles and squares. However, once I worked on the process, some good ideas came about.
The next step was digitizing our ideas.
You can see the different size of module units used for each idea. After I got these ideas sketched, digitized and printed, I thought that the square module units were working better, and feedback from my colleagues agreed. So I started going further on my second idea for arrogant and my first idea for synthesis.
At this point, I faced a few issues. For arrogance, I was worried that the letters would all be different sizes and would look very sloppy in terms of craftsmanship. I played with both uppercase and lowercase letters. I found that the uppercase letters would allow for better representation of the connotations, so I stuck with those. For synthesis, I wanted to display a feeling of mixture. I just jumbled all the module units together the create that feeling. While I think it worked well, I was told that it could be represented better. It looks like it could also mean destruction, or other words distributed around the class.
These ended up being the final product, mounted on black illustration board and labeled.