Process based work
Self-imposed prompt:”Create a type based poster through hand-printing We will be tackling this old process by using a new process; we will be creating woodblocks for printing using a laser cutter. If you would like to pitch an alternative “new process” to achieve this “old process”. The type you create must be of your own devising.”
I initially created a poster that would use the 2 required colors to create a 3D print. Also, my “type” was intended to say “What hath god wrought” which was the first public message and sent from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (now the B&O museum) to the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The white space was to pay homage to simplistic Japanese prints. The end goal was a continuous juxtaposition of old and new elements.A lot of things during the process did not go according to plan. However, I’m a big fan of the end result and feel that the visual experience is very much like a textile.
Self-imposed prompt: The history of type is written in the lead alloy letter plates placed in Gutenberg’s press. But where is the future history of type? It’s in the pixels of LED screens and user interfaces. Let’s exaggerate this idea and create a future typeface. For the purposes of this project, forget that type is a sacred, static system ruled by perfect stroke widths, serifs, proper leading, and x-heights. Reinterpret type as a dynamic, evolving set of images.I created a moving typeface called Edugo.
I was inspired by the Global Day of Play in October when I tried to show one of the children how to write the alphabet and I was very confused as to why she would write all of her Bs and Ps backwards. I decided to use this project as an opportunity to show the evolution of handwriting. I had 30 participants ranging in ages from 1-60. My favorite results were from the 1 and 2 year olds that participated. I was amazed that they were able to draw within the boxes that I laid out and that they really tried to copy what the older kids were doing. It resulted in a great effect. The initial couple of seconds of each Edugo letter is not legible and further emphasizes the magnificent jumps in learning each age does. I’m sad to say that all of the handwriting of participants in their 20s were really very boring (myself included) and looked very similar.
Self-imposed prompt: Decide on something you are very good at and/or do a lot. Determine what the most comfortable, technically skillful thing you create is. What is your default when approaching a new project? What program do you most often use? What strategy do you favor with your work? Whatever your guilty pleasure default operation is, that will be The Thing You Do.
I love cities, architecture, and model building. I built a 3'x4' city grid using 1"x1"x--" blocks. I ended up cutting 80 linear feet of Alder. And then I burned it. It's a concept that most design students think is ludicrous. We spend labourious hours on recious models that we treate like out design babies and they just take up space on our bookshelves. I decided to see what would happen if I burnt something the moment I completed it. The outcome was a suprisingly beautiful inferno that was both chaotic and cathartic. It took only 5 minutes for my creation to burn to the ground.