Here is another artist who works with letters to make beautiful artwork. Here the beginning of a sentence, ending in a pencil line, it is impossible to say where one begins and another ends. Lots of inspiration for graphic design here.
I have always loved the speed and energy of Picasso’s light drawings. I looked at them again today and found them just as fresh, contemporary and inspiring as ever. What I didn’t previously know was who shot the photos. As often the case the technicians behind exciting work get forgotten….Gjon Mili
Check out Design boom for some examples.
I LOVE fonts made with mud and paperclips. I like the idea of getting my hands dirty to construct a font. This blog is full of ideas for handmade object based fonts. Now I feel like it’s all been done before! Ah well….
And here’s another one, tis time a collage of arms, legs, bags and bracelets. I think it’s very colourful and effective. I’d thought of doing an arms and legs font, but not one like this, which is called Fashion Font:
I sometimes see vernacular typography but never seem to remember to take pictures of it However, I did manage to get a picture of this type, created using cork, which grows in abundance above the white villages of Andalucia in Spain. This one was in Jimena de la Frontera.I think it must have been quite difficult to work with, but I think it has real charm because of it. You can imagine the hands at work creating it. It advertises a hairdressers.
I made a font drawing on the pavement which reminded me of being five! I had the idea and really wanted to see how well it would work. There is something sensual about drawing with chalk on paving, and I liked the idea of the grainy, random effect the lettering would make. I quite like the effect, though the letter edges are not well enough defined. If I had had more time I might have been able to make them a bit more neatly.
I took some of the words I had been cutting out, and played with them digitally. I decided to stick with Helvetica as a constraint. I wanted to see what I could do with effects to create further meaning.
First I added colour (in the app Typeplay).
Then I imported the images into various treatment apps, such as icolorama, and pic Grunger.
I liked the effect for SHY and for SHADOW best though sinking also seemed to work well, providing further depth to the image and more richness too.
I had fun jiggling with the set of words given in this exercise though it reminded me of the days of Lettraset or John Bull printing kits fiddling with the tiny letters and gluing them down. I had no problem with thinking of expressive ways to lay out the words though I realise that the more sophisticated and rich in meaning the word, the harder it was to use the letters of the word expressively.
The most successful letters I think were ‘stiff’ ‘sleek’ ‘shattered’ ‘squeeze’ and ‘squat’ I think the arrangement for each of these reflected the meaning if the words well. Next up is manipulating them further digitally… Watch this space.