Let it snow.

Final experiments with Perso-Arabic type.


Above: MCAD student Amy’s final vision (24×36). After last week’s sketches produced by hand, our intermediate typo grupetto, switched back to the computer and produced these final impressions of snow falling, using our thirty-two Perso-Arabic characters. I am sure all would agree, these final attempts really found some new lightness and life.

Having no formal training with these characters, the students nonetheless engaged this as a formal exercise, each developing an idea around the four characters unique to Farsi, and playing in the snow. Most students described a sense of becoming involved with the movement of each character, and all agreed that it was just one doorway to a greater world of typography.

We invite your critique and guidance. All work is listed alphabetically.
Update: Process and finals now on Geotypografika Flickr.


Above: MCAD student Andrew (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Anna (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Annie (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Brian (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Christopher (24×36).


Above: Visiting MCAD student Charlie (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Dan (24×36).


Above: MCAD student George (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Joe (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Katie (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Keith (24×36).


Above: MCAD student Tomas (24×36).


Above: Another variation from MCAD student Andy (24×36).

10 Responses to “Let it snow.”

very gorgeous!! i truly miss the snows! and wish i were also experimenting with new characters like these.

terese added these words on Oct 20 09 at 6:58 PM

Join in the fun, Terese, you know you are always welcome.

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 20 09 at 9:00 PM

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Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 20 09 at 10:01 PM

These are truly spectacular, I too miss the snow, and here, we’re headed towards heat. KEEP UP THE STELLAR WORK!

Colin Trechter added these words on Oct 21 09 at 8:22 AM

Wow, word from down under! Much appreciated, Colin!

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 21 09 at 8:28 AM

Interesting work!

being able to read the characters, i’d say Christopher, Dan and Katie have managed to use the flow and right-left direction of the letters.

looking forward to more work

Behrouz Hariri added these words on Oct 21 09 at 11:49 AM

Thank you, Behrouz! We appreciate this insight, I know many were concerned that their experiments might ‘merely’ read as an ABC image. We hope to keep developing this and your comment will help us along. Mamnoon am!

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 21 09 at 12:26 PM

Mash Allah!

These are beautiful—I will be sharing them with my Quran class today (although I know this was not in any way tied to religion, we Muslims always love to see Arabic used as art, and it’s easy to do with such gorgeous characters to begin with). I saw students printing out the letters in the SB, but didn’t know what they were doing with them. Lovely and very region-appropriate.

Jessica Zikri added these words on Oct 24 09 at 10:05 AM

Such a welcome response, Jessica, much appreciated. We actually discussed the reverential nature of these forms during our critique, maybe we could welcome you to our group to extend that discussion sometime? We are also hoping for more expert input, to help gather and extend understanding from these first formal attempts. Much more to learn, thankfully!

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 24 09 at 10:19 AM

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