As a graphic designer, words have played an important role in my work. Function has always superseded form, clarity and ease of reading uppermost in my consideration of a page layout whether for print or the web.
So it’s no surprise, that I should on occasion be moved to create a more artistic approach when using letters and typographic forms. The following are a series of vector based pieces I created recently, for lack of any other inspirational idea I might have had for this April, Baseline blog.
These would have been very difficult to produce using traditional methods, even with photomechanical processes, the steps required for the necessary transparent layering would have taken days to produce a finished product. The following examples probably took me four hours using Adobe Illustrator and can be easily transferred to any medium in minutes.
Maybe I could make t-shirts with the designs?
As art students in the 70’s, we where lucky in having access to a traditional typesetting and print department, allowing us to experiment with both metal and wood type composition. The room was huge and contained font and spacer draws, chokes for setting, inks for custom hand printing using various Gutenberg mechanical printing presses. The smells and noises coming from this department where an amazing impression on the senses and the instructors seemed, at the time, as old as the equipment. The last illustration is one of many pieces I produced over what was an exciting foundation year covering typography, silkscreen and stone lithographic printing, etching, photography, life drawing, colour theory, etc.