Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Above is a collection of some spreads from my upcoming publication for my main studio class. The book is basically a collection of articles, interviews and essays on people who have rebelled against the conventions of their fields. Included in the book are written pieces on Harmony Korine, Jean-Luc Godard, Deathspell Omega, Joy Division, Karl Marx, Georges Bataille, Wolfgang Weingart, and Jan Tschichold. The title, "Neue Lucifer" was chosen based on the fact that all of these individuals rebelled against the structures of their structured disciplines in seemingly destructive and agressive ways. A notion that I see as linked to the characteristics of the character of Lucifer in the Bible, who removed himself for the perfection of God to pave his own way.
I can't stress enough, that this publication is in now way interested in satanism or the silly culture that is associated with it. I am more interested in using the metaphor of the character's actions.
The use of the circle, which at this point has taken an un-desired "friendly" vibe is to reference the idea of the "morning star" or venus (Lucifer in latin). I am in the process of refining all of these ideas and breaking down my own structure that I have created in these preliminary spreads.
Musack: Miserere Luminis-S/T, Thee Silver Mt. Zion-"Kollaps Tradixionales", Beach House-"Teen Dream", The National-"Boxer", Local Natives-"Early demos".
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We have begun the digital process of our typeface for my type design class, and the above photo is where I am at right now.
The "s" is proving tricky as balancing out the curves, spine and overall flow of the character involves a lot of detailing. Right now the weight is a little awkwardly placed. The "p" is also pretty wide...but that won't be to difficult to adjust.
The goal, once again, is to create a decent bold sans serif combining elements of geometic and humanistic faces in a way avoids the pitfalls of more "expressive" faces like gill sans and the aggressive geometry of Futura.
The important thing I feel is really paying a great deal of attention to the lowercase letters, as in faces like Futura and Gill Sans, that is where I think things get a little iffy. Gill Sans has some of the most peculiar lowercase forms I have ever seen, and the beauty of Futura's capitals get lost in translation to the lowercase letters as well, creating a somewhat static and unappealing character set.
In short I want to inject the more diverse qualities of Helvetica and Akzidenz Grotesk's lowercase characters in tandem the authoritative Uppercase Futura and Gills Sans letters.
Off we go.
a'listening to: Radiohead-"Hail to the Thief", Beach House-"Teen Dream", A Perfect Circle (for some reason?!)