Typography is something that I have been looking at since starting my studies as a graphic designer. In this workshop I was asked to explore type in a quick sketch like process, trying out new ideas in a loose and fluid process. Using hatch mark making I drawn explored letter forms, coming up with different shapes, curves and sizes as possible typefaces I could consider generating. I enjoyed working in this process as it allowed me to be expressive and not scared to make mistakes. It made me aware of how type can have so much variety. A practitioner who works in a similar way is Erik Van Blokland he describes designing type as… “Designing a typeface is a process in which a large number of (arbitrary) decisions on detail, construction, contrast, and relationships have to be taken.” He has a website which feature allot of this work and writings on the subject matter ‘www.lettererror.com’.
A font which I admire of Erik’s is called ‘FF hands’ which was created in this free form working style using a fat market pen. Its an everyday font that thats relaxed and fun due to the nature of the way it was created.
An interesting experiment I read about on ‘Typographica.com’ was by Nina Stössinger called ”
Sketching Out of My Comfort Zone: A Type Design Experiment”. Whereby usually Nina would create type in a reformed digital way she actually stepped out of her comfort zone and used a quick sketching method everyday for 3 months. This experiment was inspired by Erik Van Blokland. I strongly agree with Nina when she says “Craft is messy and dirty. Facing this is unsettling for a generation of designers raised with the shiny precision of computers.” Personally I prefer working free hand but in this day and age designers are so reliable on technology their creativeness is possibly being refrained. I like how this experiment educated Nina’s practise she said ” I’ve learned a lot: much about the myriad shapes that type can take; some sketches have spawned little digital typeface prototypes; and I got out of my deadlock and frustration.” Hopefully with her expressing how successful this way of working was in helping her designs, other practitioners in this field might also step out their comfort zones!
I really like this typeface that was designed during Nina’s experiment, the harsh edges give it a quirky unusual design.