Image & Letter Compositions

Here are some updates for our Typography project. Part 2 



"R" Word List

My list of 20+ words


raving reindeer
romantic ruler
romantic rose
river rock
ruby ring
rabbit race
raving ravens
ruby river
river rat
robbing raccoons
river rapids

radiation rocket



Government Conspiracies is the title of my finished 6x9 book. The end result is a well rounded book filled with 9 circle compositions that are each equipped with transparent type. The books meaning is more or less based on the act of conspiring, not necessarily the conspiracy its self. Over all I am pleased with the final outcome of my book. Choosing to connect a certain government conspiracy to one of my nine words helped drive the imagery in a certain direction. For each composition I made sure to incorporate images from the conspiracy that was being tied to that particular final word. The same can be said for the type portion of this book. For each word I let the meaning of the word drive the composition of the type.

Together the transparency and dot compositions create a new type of composition. Independently they stand strong, but when overlayed they unify creating a stronger composition. In my opinion it is hard to go wrong in this aspect, separately there could be two dreadful compositions but when put together its hard not to see something interesting and new. In essence this is what makes this book project particularly interesting, because its relatively hard to go wrong.

Overall i think I learned that it is a lot harder to convey a message with such refraining parameters than I had originally thought. It has really instated a new found appreciation for DOTS. There is a large amount of time and effort that has to go into something in order for it to make sense and not just look like a bunch of circles. Thought is required in order to make it easy for viewers to see and understand what is being conveyed, instead of making it mind numbing and hard to grasp.

Overall I am pleased with my book as a whole. If there was anyone area I would want to improve it would have to be the correspondence of my dot compositions to my transparencies. There are a few compositions that independently are rather weak, but together they are rather pleasing and very satisfying. Unfortunately this is the nature if this certain project, the spontaneity is what creates the random and surprising composition.



Graphic Design the New Basics, Lupton

Layers and transparency are both elements that are being utilized in everyone's book project. The great thing about this is that, layers and transparencies are not limited by color. Black and white can be used to achieve the same level of imagery as any color combination, if used correctly. Layers come in handy when trying to convey a specific message and/or emotion. just like with our books, layer are not restricted to just imagery, layers can be applied to anything, like type for example or dots. Transparency by default are in most cases always part of an assortment of layers due to the fact that transparency allow viewers to see through one layer through to the next. In my book transparency will be a very useful component in strengthening my meaning and structure. Creating a solid book full of solid compositions.



Funny thing happened to me just now, I was sound asleep without a care in the world. When suddenly I woke up freaking out because I had forgotten to post my read and response!

As i was writing this response it accrued to me that the three assigned readings, Type and Image - Meggs, A Primer of Visual Literacy - Wong, and Principles of 2d Design - Dondis, had actually given me a new inspired view on my book project.

Type and Image - Meggs
The title of this book pretty much speaks for itself. Designers transform images to make them more understanding. As Graphic Designers we are required, on a certain level, to convey a messing through our imagery. A key way of achieving this visual language is by maneuvering certain aspects of an image to move the view to a conclusion. Preferably to a conclusion chosen by the designer.

A Primer of Visual Literacy - Wong
Wong's reading was primarily about contrasts, and the many different forms of contrast. Most of the forms were rather straight forward, while others were new and unfamiliar.

Opposing Principles include:
Balance / Instability
Symmetry / Asymmetry
Regularity / Irregularity
Simplicity / Complexity
Unity / Fragmentation
Economy / Intricacy
Understatement / Exaggeration
Predictability / Spontaneity
Activeness / Stasis
Subtlety / Boldness
Neutrality / Accent
Transparency / Opacity
Consistency / Variation
Accuracy / Distortion
Flatness / Depth
Singularity / Juxtaposition
Sequentiality / Randomness
Sharpness / Diffusion
Repetition / Episodicity

Principles of 2d Design - Dondis
Dondis's Principles of 2d Design focuses primarily on visual techniques. To my understanding most of the contrasting principles spoken about in Wong's reading, can be applied to most any composition to strengthen it. By using these contrasts in my dot compositions, i can further unify the compsition as well as create something visually interesting.


Theme & words

Listed below are my 9 words as well as 9 Conspiracies. They are not placed in any particular order, at least not yet.

Book Words:

9/11 Was Planned by the United States Government
UFO's recovered at Roswell
The assassination of J.F.K was planned by a member of our government
Apollo Moon landing was a Hoax
United Nations - One World Government
Iraq War was for Oil
Alien Teleology at Area 51
Anthrax Attacks where planned by the U.S. Government
Global Warming is a Hoax

This project is proving to be very interesting, more to come soon!


List of 20 Words

Government! Dun Dun Dun

Government Conspiracies, interesting concept, but extremely difficult to think of usable words. here is my list of 20 words:



Perfect Painting!

Perfect Painting is the second part of Exploring Letterform, in this part of the assignment we had to recreate a perfect representation of our letter in black gouache. Only con to this was the fact that we each received new letters, fortunately enough for me I got an X. The pictures below are of before and after.



Drawings with Anatomy

Drawings with Anatomy was an expansion of Exploring Letterform. In this continuation we were required to incorporate at least 5 labels from this list of words bellow:
  • baseline
  • x-height
  • median
  • cap height
  • spine
  • stroke
  • stem
  • serif
  • shoulder
  • arm
  • leg
  • ear
  • tail
  • spur
  • cross bar
  • cross stroke
  • counter
  • bowl
  • finial
  • terminal
  • apex
  • vertex
  • crotch
  • ascender
  • descender
The 5 words I chose were,  baseline, stem, spur, counter, bowl, finial, & terminal.

 For my first attempt I wanted to go with a positive and negative effect, whether or not I pulled it off effectively is a matter of opinion.

For my second one i got tired of breathing in maker again so I switched to a less potent media, wood-less graphite!

Sorry for the image quality, more to come!

Exploring Letterform

This post is long over due but better later than never, right?

For Typography 1 we had to create three large letter form drawings using the letters supplied as a visual reference, my letter was "a."

First i started out with a lot of "scribbles." Just trying to get some ideas on paper, get my mind warmed up and thinking. Come to think of it i don't think i used anything on this page, but eventually I got some things finalized.

I didn't want to make all my a's look the same so i chose to break this one up with a few lines in an attempt tot keep things interesting.

After making my head hurt from the marker fumes I decided to go with a less toxic media. I chose to go with white prisma pencils and black charcoal. I decided to use the finials of the a's to connect the two in order to create a path, and an interesting form.

Last but not least my white charcoal a. For this one i wanted to play with positive and negative space and ended up with this.

Over all this project was great, learned a lot about letter form and the letter a in general.


Graphic by Sanna Annukka

In this album cover, by Sanna Annukka, there are many graphic principles at work: Framing, Symmetry, Scale, Repetition.

-Framing is used to imply the fact that there are more balloons or blimps aside from the ones that are visible.
-Symmetry though it may not be the strongest principle in this particular graphic it is still very much apparent in the hot air balloons.
-Scale is an important principle used in this piece because it gives the graphic as a whole a sense of depth, and space.
-Repetition last but not least, instead of using many different balloons or blimps Sanna Annukka chose to use two types and repeat them. Though her use or repetition does not create a typical pattern, I still think with out use of repeating balloons this graphic would not have the same captivating quality.

Sanna Annukka though she has done many graphic design related projects, like package design or product, she still considers herself an illustrator slash print maker. If your interested in seeing more of her work, you can just click here