New sketches from a path of questions, not answers.
Above: MCAD student Austin Baker’s inspired examination and deconstruction
of his own handwritten notes. A part of our continuing effort to develop ficciones
typografika, Austin’s frenetic and free form ‘scrawl’ provides the perfect landscape
for analyzing and detailing the essence of form and content.
Above: More selections from Austin’s process. If these seem odd or off the mark,
consider the essentially ephemeral nature of graphic design and typography today–
limited to paper, it will surely rot and fade with time. Austin’s direction strongly
resembles these ancient tombstones I found while on a visit to England and
Scotland last summer.
Above: From Prestbury, England (click for a larger image and please see
Geotypografika Scotland on Flickr). Remember Alan Weisman’s, The World
Without Us, and consider the weight and direction the chisel made on these
stones. After careful reflection, you will know the true power and longevity
of vertical strokes. Quo vadis, Open Type?
Here lies true typography.