Ive’s Type

An exercise we completed yesterday was a Norman Ives inspired task, we had to make our own version of his isolated typeface art pieces. His work is very thoughtful and helps you to appreciate the detail in the creation of font. Seeing the confined type in square forms makes it simpler to examine the letterforms in detail. It also poses the question of how far can you adapt a letter for it to still be recognisable. After I completed my first 4 squares, i stood back and could still recognise the letter. Once home i decided to try again and see how far i could push the letters to instead look like a piece of abstract art rather that type. My second attempt i really like, the colour palette suits the romantic nature of a letter ‘f’ and is now unrecognisable. This exercise was really mind-altering, i now look at type in such a different way. They are little pieces of art not just an everyday typeface.


Cardiff in Typographic Forms

Our first module is on typography which was one of the subjects i was really excited for, previously i haven’t had much experience with type but after this project i was so excited for more. We first had to research forms of typeface, the sheer amount surprised me but i found the exercise really interesting and rewarding. I feel as though i have a much better understanding of the basics to type. One that really took my eye is the use of bifurcated and trifurcated, the individual serifs really stand out and give an artistic look to fonts.

The following day we were sent on a typography hunt around the city centre. It was so fun, it felt like a treasure hunt. We were sent to find 3 different forms. One of ours were condensed typefaces, I found this tattoo/barber shop sign which included this old style typeface. It really caught my eye with the low contrast and tall shape mixed with the script font between. Once back to our classroom we were told to cut out our chosen letter from card and create a community desktop picture. With all the fonts together the picture looks really alluring and was a great learning experience.

Summer Project

My first project from my Graphic Communication degree course i found very intriguing, set in the summer holidays i was excited to have a project to think about. I had to answer these three questions; who are you inspired by?, what is an interesting fact about you? and why you chose to study at Cardiff Met. I love creating pieces of art that conveys a message, even if it’s not obvious at first glance. My inspiration was digital artist Saccsrty, she creates pastel surreal scenes involving girls. This is my personal style and shows with my palate choices and imagery. This including body modification which i have a real passion for. I love the way we can change our bodies to more fit how we feel on the outside. The last question, why i chose Cardiff met, was answered by my overall pieces. My art style is different and personal so i wanted to work in an environment i felt comfortable expressing my thoughts. Cardiff feels like home and i feel i can share my art without feeling distressed.

illuminated letterform