Practice-led Design Experiment
This project was initiated in a self-driven Design Lab class. I was given a list of prompts and had to choose one and write a response to the prompt. I chose "obsession". And jeez, I never knew how obsessed I was with stress until this.
It took many turns and did not end up as I originally thought it would. Ultimately, what was birthed from this experience was a typeface along with a few specimens. And a lot of stress, anxiety, and 'what is life' moments. As this is an open ended project, I will probably be working with it on and off again for an indefinite amount of time. Bare with me.
Even though it landed on a typeface, this presentation will show my entire journey as it morphed many times throughout the ten weeks of the Design Lab class. But, feel free to scroll through to bottom if you would just like to see the (un)finished typeface.
Anxiety and nervousness actually kept me from sharing this with the rest of the class. So this is technically the world premiere. I was very annoyed with how the camera was picking up the sound of the auto focusing of the lens.
Clearly I was already in the loony bin trying to appear in control. Editing this video together was when I realized I wasn't totally sure of myself and the idea that I had to proposed without refinement.
The Journal Entry
During week four, I was feeling lost with the project. I was anxious and didn't know what else to do, so I wrote a journal entry in the middle of night. This was the point in which I realized what I was actually obsessed with was the stress. I was stressed because my project was off-track and I was worried of how I would look in class the next day. I was vulnerable already, so I just brought my collection of notes, sketches, post-its, and this journal entry to class and just admitted I was lost.
That class was where the project evolved from a journal into a typeface. Turning the state of vulnerability into a tool to be used to express itself in an infinite amount of ways.
Searching for Characters
By moving and rotating the blind drawings around, I began to identify different characters within them. I extracted several different types through tracing and experimentation. I ultimately landed on using the G as the foundation for the typeface.
The Typeface WIP