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Magazine Article

Posted in University projects on January 4, 2010 by gogoalexgo

I made an experiment that has the whole article set in a font called Marlet. I did this becasue I was sick of making endless tweaks to my real layout and it was driving me crazy. It’s not even really a font it is just a collection of shapes . . . it looks funny. I’m not really sure if this is allowed because the reader would actually have no idea what the article was about, infact I don’t think they would be aware that they were looking at an article at all, it’s merely a selection of shapes. It breaks the constraining boundries of legibility and pisses all over it before setting it on fire, freeing the reader to see exactly what they do or do not want to see in this article.

In your face Beatrice Warde.

P.S. I’m sure Beatrice Warde was a very clever person with some very good ideas, but I just HATE ‘The Crystal Goblet, or Printing Should Be Invisible’.


Magazine Spread

Posted in University projects on December 14, 2009 by gogoalexgo

The Brief: We have to design a layout for magazine article. We have a choice of thre articles: The Crystal Goblet by Beatrice Warde, Gothic Horror by Steven Heller or Read me! Literacy in Graphic Design by Lucienne Roberts. We have to create a four page article which has to include at least one spread. The other two pages can either be a spread or two single pages.

At first I did not want to do the Beatrice Warde article because it annoyed me immensly. She champions modernism and the idea that the type should do nothing but convey the message of the text, to the point where the type goes practically unnoticed. Sadly though, she did not think to extend this Modernist viewpoint through to her actual writing style which is extremely long winded and filled with unecessary frills; exatcly the kind of thing she rallies against in this article. The point of the text is veiled in extended metaphors and drawn out to nearly twice the length of the Roberts article which manages to say much more in a more efficient writing style. To me, this reeks of hypocrasy and the way she compares the Modernist thinker to a fine wine connoisseur and everyone else to essentially a drunk village idiot just makes me MAD. Well, it makes me relatively angry. You can only ever get so worked up about a typography article, we have to keep perspective hear. Chill. Now we may proceed.

The Steven Heller article, while concise and very well written seemed a little dull. But the main reason I did not choose this article is becasue it is about Nazis and my first project was also in that area so I didn’t want to go down that road so soon.

I initially chose to do the Lucienne Roberts one becasue it seemed was the only one left after I wrote off the other ones. Having said that, the article is very interesting and she raises some good points about the conflict between post-Structuralism and Modernism, however I had trouble trying to think of an interesting way to represent this typographically. I think I would have ended up with a very generic article that didn’t really say very much.

In the end I have chosen to do the Beatrice Warde article just so I can make an experimental post-Strucuralist orgy of a layout that flies in the face of everything she champions in her article.

This will be fun!

number9dream book cover

Posted in University projects on December 1, 2009 by gogoalexgo

Here is a rather small copy of my book cover just to give an idea of what it is like. (click on the image for a bigger version)
I made the previous design in RGB colour by mistake and I had problems trying to convert it into CMYK so that I could print it properly so in the end I changed the design dramatically and went for colours that reflect the neon lighting lit streets of Tokyo. Also, just to be safe I did not use the Myriad Pro text with the smokey tendrils coming off it becasue I wasn’t sure whether the extra bits coming off the letters counted as typography. This final design is definately 100% made from type so there can be no confusion.

Book cover latest

Posted in University projects on November 24, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I am trying to combine the text with the collage of Japanese katakana and kanji. I Think that in the second image the smooth curves of the title clash a bit too much with the chopped up Japanese characters. Also with this idea there is no where to put the authors name. I prefer the top image becuase it has space to put all the information that I need to on the cover and combines the kanij/katakana and book title quite well without clashing. This is not the final thing I need to experiment with layout a bit more, and also do teh back and side of the book. Plenty to be getting on with.

Possible text

Posted in University projects on November 24, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I tried to create an abstract smokey feel with the hand drawn swirly things because the main character smokes alot to distract himself from things. The original font was Myriad Bold. Now it may look like the swirls are a rip off of Si Scotts work . . . and so what if they are! Also the background illustration from the red and green Relentless cans served as inspiration for this.

I am not sure if this will pass as being typographic. Maybe the swirls count as an image, making this unusable. I hope not.

Latest visual from book cover project

Posted in University projects on November 23, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I tried to give a feeling of the chaos and confusion the main character feels in Tokyo by jumbling up lots of different kanji and katakana so that you cannot really read each individual one. I put the image onto a concrete wall to push the urban setting (a photo of a wall not a real wall). I also made them fade downwards to represent the main characters constant drifting into imaginary worlds and alternate realities. I have yet to put the title and author on here as you can see. Still need to experiment and figure out what font I will use etc. for those things. Work in progress.


Posted in University projects on November 18, 2009 by gogoalexgo

Here is a collage of various kanji and katakana (Japanese letters and words) which may serve as a background for my book cover maybe.

Work in progress, this is just one idea.