Playing with letterforms is one of my favorite things. From physically manipulating printed images to capture the mood of a song, to building a generative typeface from code in processing... laser cutting, printing on fabric, crafting cyanotypes, and more, this past year has been full of experimentation with type. I have been fascinated by type ever since I discovered the forms held meaning—around age 5. Now, as a designer, the intersection of message and medium through type is a continued source of inspiration.
This project attempts to capture the feeling of song lyrics through typographic treatment. In the case of this song, wavering vocals and sweeping violin phrases created a layered feeling. The movement of the singer's voice was replicated by physically manipulating then photographing the type. Created for the Graduate Typography course at MICA, under the direction of Jennifer Cole Phillips.
Hemlock is a responsive typeface coded with P5.js. What began as a simple linear form soon became this organic, almost gothic typeface.
Typography becomes more concrete and tangible as a 3-dimensional form. These forms were laser-cut for various personal and class projects.