Process and final ficciones typografika from some new typonauten.
Above: Alex with her final process poster (24″x36″). I found some time to upload some process and final work from this small yet dynamic group of typonauten to Geotypografika Flickr. As in past introductory typography classes, I’ve found it useful to begin the semester with a series of experiments, always with an eye for helping these young estudiantes build a physical and emotional relationship with type. A short sampling of P001 through P004 follows below.
Ficciones Typografika para el Pueblo.
Above: Andy’s sheet of hand-drawn experiments from the P001. Slab-serifs to the rescue. Arigato, Andy-kun!
Above: Sydney’s hand-drawn experiment from P001 followed up with a basic computer sketch. Outstanding commitment to OCD values so much loved by our kind.
Above: Natalia’s note sheet from P002. An old favorite, this problem has deep roots. Students follow up their free form experiments in P001 with a deep investigation of form and counterform using these scaled windows as cameras. Of course, the windows are scaled from 24″x36″, so each micro study easily becomes a macro investigation. Three cheers for Armin Hoffman!
Above: Kayla’s P002 extension. Where this problem begins with Eurostile, the students are asked to select their own resource to study form and counterform. Kayla chose a map with stimulating results.
Above: Taylor’s final counterform from P002. Enlarged by hand from his process, we all agreed that Taylor won the day with this exquisite blending of form and counterform.
Above: Meredith’s delightful letraset studies from P003. Building on another approach I have been employing since 1996, students use the same grids and scaled windows to create ficciones typografika, this time limited by what they can achieve with old letraset letterforms. The students are encouraged to create new forms while at the same time focusing on traditional issues of scale, placement, composition, communication, and more. I find these process note sheets to be especially revealing and useful in crits.
See also a recent workshop I conducted with Rob Carter’s Experimental Type class last Spring at VCU.
Above: Ryan’s final Los Legos type. I met Susanna Stammbach some years ago and have found her approach extremely useful. In this exercise (P004), students are limited to basic building blocks to create the forms necessary to reveal this old Turkish expression, “What is, what isn’t?” Form and counterform, and the basics of letterform construction. Look for our current experiments with Fontstruct soon.
Above: Zach’s Los Legos solution, minimal yet effective.
Above: Anne holding her final process poster, (24″x36″). As a way of exploring basic hierarchy and communication, P005 is a combination “magazine” folding out into a poster. The students are challenged to use every single element from the voluminous treasury of process they have created. They were inspired by several examples from last year’s grupetto, and found their own way to reconcile with what I fondly call, The Big Ugly. Limitations are limitless.
Above: Anne’s final process poster, (24″x36″).
Above: Zach’s final process poster, (24″x36″).
Above: Sydney’s final process poster, (24″x36″).
Above: Sydney with her final process poster, (24″x36″).
Above: Kayla’s final process poster, (24″x36″).
A thousand thanks to this year’s grupetto for their efforts. Look for an update soon with the narrative element of P005. For more, please see the full collection of images on Geotypografika Flickr, where both process and final work are now uploaded.