What I've Learned

Creating typography out of shadows was not as tricky as it first seemed. By creating a series of explorations I've learned a lot, for example:

Crisp & Blurry Shadows

When it comes to crisp and blurry shadows source there are two things that should be taken into consideration.

Disperse Light(s) vs. Controlled Light(s) [ex. Lamp vs. Flashlight]


Determining the distance and/or angle of the light source in relation to the object casting the shadow.

Based on the these points its obvious to tell that the light is what determines how clearly a shadow is cast. The farther way a light is from an object, the more "controlled" it must be to cast a crisp shadow. And for lights set closer to an object, the opposite applies.

This lamp was set at a distance of about 15 feet from these letter forms.

For test number two the distance was halved, increasing the clarity of the shadow dramatically.

Test number three involved a more controlled light source, which cast clear rich black shadows no matter the distance. However, the farther the controlled light moved from the object the bigger the shadow grew, at the cost of loosing its rich black color.

Controlling Shadows Bodies

When it came to controlling the shapes these shadows took there was always an angularity to the shadows.

In this experiment a cube of foam core was used to cast a shadow, with the light directly above. But this what somewhat problematic because regardless of the straight edges, the shadow created was slightly fattened as it trailed outward.

By angling the cuts on each side, a slightly tapered effect was achieved.

and by completely angling the cuts into a point, an even more tapered shadow was cast, basically a point.

Symmetrical Type

Another interesting fact I learned while exploring was the advantages of symmetrical type. Symmetrical letters have the ability to folded in a way that the complete their own shadows.

Folded letters H A T

Folded letters with light, HAT.


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