Saturday, 5 January 2013

STUDY TASK 2 - THE BIRTH OF A FONT

"The Process - Use the individual anatomical elements of your chosen fonts (Gothic, Roman, Block, Script) to create a range of possible new letterforms.
1 - Cut the individual ellements out and re-construct them in order to create a series of Hybrid leterforms.
2 - Select the 5 most succesful/interesting/legible letterforms and produce the uppercase and lowercase Aa, Bb, and Cc
3 - Trace these off and hand render them.
4 - Using the same approach to hybriding create the appropriate upper case Xx, Yy and Zz for each of the 5 new fonts.
5 - Name each Font
It is important that you work systematically and logicallly through this task as your decision need to be repeatable on new letterforms."
To begin, I re printed four new typefaces to make my hybrid letterforms. These were Helvetica, Lobster, Jamaica and Gill Sans ultra Bold; Aa, Bb, Cc, Xx, Yy, Zz. I cut each letter out individually before cutting breaking the letterforms down. This was a long process, which was frustrating at times, but worth it in the end.









Each separate letterform from each typeface were kept together originally to help structuring the process of the task, however this organisation was not the same by the end. Above you can see the variations that i came up with for the task. I began by merging two different typefaces together, such as script and roman, and so on and so forth until I had a variety. 

However, I think the choice of fonts limited the possible variations, as many had similar features, so this made it hard to work with some of the hybrids.

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Here are the five typefaces created using the hybrid system. Photographs were taken, and from this each letterform was hand rendered using Adobe Illustrator.

 1. Sweet Majestic:
2. Fuzz:


3. Mashed:


4. Smooth Casual:



5. Texan Twist:






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