“Don’t confuse legibility with communication. Just because something is legible doesn’t mean it communicates and, more importantly, doesn’t mean it communicates the right thing.”
- David Carson
Typography is a versatile and expressive tool for communication - not merely because the letters form words but because the forms of the letters can be manipulated to perform and emote. The result is a formed synthesis between verbal and visual language. This work spans dynamic and static media.
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Poem # _
'Poem #_' is a low tech video representation of an installation in which a large silent projection meditatively swirls before the audience. Hinting at concrete poetry and meaning making, the audience takes on a large portion of authorship.
'Memory' is an experimental animation that explores the potential of digital media and language. Unlike printed media, the screen is a dynamic environment. This environment should not be restricted to the same visual communication principles as it’s static predecessors. The ephemeral quality of the text allows the visual word to take a step closer to the spoken word.
Static Typeface Designs
These typefaces explore different conventions for creating type. Some of the posters were designed for social causes while others are simply displaying the type.
This pseudo transcendentalist animation is both a self portrait and a typographic expression. It looks to question how we define ourselves and the role language plays in that ever evolving definition.
This work is an exploration of emotion, psychology, and desire as they relate to a strained and extended fifteen year relationship. The texts in the piece are fragmented conversations, emails, inner thoughts, memories, and justifications as they pertained to the mystery of the unfulfilled expectations of this relationship. By revealing only small portions of text at a time this book allows the viewer to have a similar experience to the one I had; one filled with disorientation, confusion, frustration and ultimately an impression of clarity and satisfaction. The project also represents an opportunity for me to explore kinetic typography and non linear narrative by means of analogue media.
This conceptually driven typeface explores what would happen if letterforms were designed for the three dimensional environment. In such spaces letters could be read from any angle - however use of such a system would be unnecessarily complex. Celebrate the concept and the beauty of the forms, not the utility of such an idea - after all it is a 'conceptual' typeface.
I Play With Words
Over the course of the work the single phrase 'I play with words' permutates. Embedded within that phrase come forth the other phrases of the poem. An homage to concrete poetry...but with a digital twist.
Part of my experimental and conceptual typographic work 'Understanding' allows sound (sound waves) to alter the visual/physical form of language.
We Are All Connected
This work explores the notion of connectivity through the statement "We Are All Connected" in 12 different languages.