Research point 4.2

Research in Identifying Font

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Typography in Mini Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (University of Bedfordshire)

My results using www.indentifont.com could not find a perfect match instead I was given the closest match (Linotype Univers Condensed) and 27 close matches. I think I may have answered some questions wrong due to me taking reference from the normal and bold font found in the book. I know think that these could be two different fonts even though they look identical. I was also unable to answer some questions because I did not have the letter required for reference.

I was surprised with the amount of questions asked to identify a typeface but it really made me realise the small intricacies that can change a font. At first it’s hard to distinguish between two fonts but when you look closely and understand what to look for then the differences can be seen. The small details like angle, serifs, straight leg or curve all make the difference.

Exercise 4.1: Playing with Words

Using the following words create typographical representations that present both the word and a suggestion of its meaning.

Sad      Safe      Sardonic      Saucy      Scholarly      Serious      Shadow Shattered      Shy      Short      Silly      Sinking      Skimpy      Sleek      Smart Snowy      Sodden      Soothing      Sordid      Sophisticated      Speed      Squat Squeeze      Stiff      Stodgy      Stoned      Style      Supine      Swagger      Sweet

 

Using A4 Paper and Scissors:

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Notes/ideas:

  •  Sad – small, dissolved and with a slight downward arch. Bottom of page because when sad feel low. Colour black for sadness.
  • Safe – big, bold font, upper caps, shows strength, close together shows being safe when stuck together, centre of page away from edges, safe. Colour, calming blue and with a metallic gradient and black stroke protecting letters.
  • Sardonic – I find this a difficult word to represent in type. Colour red to show negativity, ugly font, slight bulge to create not appealing design to represent ugly emotion.
  • Saucy – Red for passion and love. Thin font but with stylish flicks to create allure.
  • Scholarly – Times new roman font – clean, serif, italic, and commonly used for text. Has old feel like. Black to represent black ink used by scholars.
  • Serious – block letters all caps , thin, serif, straight.
  • Shadow – colour doge but has own shadow highlighting word.
  • Shattered – broken and shattered, stained glass effect texture and stencil like font.
  • Shy – small in corner, font is freeform handwriting type font, away from everyone else. Opacity lowered, would rather be invisible.
  • Short – standing straight but short, green with envy, green grass, font is illustrated with short curves and points.
  • Silly – long and curves which looks like smiles, colour multicolour for happy and fun. Childlike font. Stroke, looks like someone drew it and coloured in.
  • Sinking – sinking to bottom of page, bubble texture and blue colour for sea representation. A little distortion for undersea affect.
  • Sweet – orange like sweet orange and also sweets. Child like font to show sweet amd sweet packet like font.
  • Stiff – Standing straight stiff, stencil, rigid font like army. Strong blue colour.
  • Sordid – Negative word – upside down and grouped with sardonic. Red – evil colour, thin sharp font.
  • Sophisticated – strong on top, elegant calligraphy font type.
  • Speed – speeding into distance, yellow to represent light, light is fast. Font used helps looks like its travelling. Also, gradient colour, motion effect.
  • Squat – solid colour and shape, bevel, squat is strong but short, standing. Facing down like squat.
  • Squeeze – purple from getting squeezed. Squeeze transform, stroke added to close gaps. Bold but small font.
  • Stodgy – full of water, inner glow, wobbly font,
  • Stoned  – green for weed, slanted for being stoned, and wobbly font.  Opacity low  
  • Style  –   stylistic font with curves and angles, red is attractive.
  • Supine –       laying down, shadow on ground, midnight blue
  • Swagger   – cool pink, stroke, bevel, funky layout of letters.   
  • Sweet – bubblegum pink, rounded font,

 

Review:

I found this task difficult at times because I did not know how I could represent the word through its shape, colour or size. I was also not familiar with some of the words like sardonic and supine. Some of the words I enjoyed representing with type were the word speed and I found this easy to represent. Sinking was another word I felt I could represent well with the word literally sinking to the bottom of the page. I think shattered came across well with the glass like word shattered in different places. Also after a little thought, I was able to come up with the idea of the word shadow being highlighted by a shadow to show the word.

Typography is very difficult because I felt restricted with the current font types preinstalled on my system. I am aware now free fonts are available which can represent all different types of words and meanings. I think when approaching type in the future I need to think more out of the box but I think I did well for a first attempt.

Research 4.1

Typography used for Movie Posters

typography research movie font

Research:

http://www.printmag.com/typography/typography-movie-poster-design/

https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/07/25-powerful-typographic-movie-posters/

https://www.designmantic.com/blog/movie-moods-in-typography/

General History:

  • Cave paintings = written communications
  • Sumerian =formal writing
  • Egyptians = hieroglyphs and symbols
  • Phoenicians = first alphabet
  • Greeks = full alphabet
  • Romans = first upper case letters

Type can represent and display emotion, country, origin, language etc. and the feelings it can evoke are endless.

Assignment 3: Colour Me

The brief (keywords highlighted)

To produce a poster (297mm x 420mm) that celebrates a colour of your choice. Choose a colour that has a meaning that you want to explore and celebrate. Think about what the colour you have chosen means both to you and to other people and create something that celebrates that meaning, for example you may choose a golden brown because you like real ale, a vivid green because of a particular landscape, green to celebrate Irish identity or the yellow sandstone of Bath’s architecture.

Requirements

Work only with your chosen colour, its complementary colour and black and white. You can include text, collages, illustrations and photographs. Use black and white to help establish a range of tints and shades with your chosen colour. These limitations are to get you to work with colour thinking creatively about how to make a limited palette work for you.

This project is as much about visual dynamics and contrast as it is about creating something with meaning. Make full use of it to show off to your tutor all the skills and processes you have learnt so far.

You need to submit at least three variations of your poster as well as the finished artwork.

My colour

I want to explore the colour RED. It is one of my favourite colours and I believe can evoke feelings from both ends of the spectrum such as love and anger. I believe the colour red can create good contrast to images and help focus a single part to an image due to its vibrancy and association to warning signs and symbols. Red is a primary colour and I will use its complementary colour per the colour wheel and this is green.

The colour red represents many things to me. I see the colour red in the Bangladesh flag and representing the blood shed by my ancestors when they fought for their independence and freedom. Red to me represents the red sun and the warmth it gives. Red is the colour that many of my superheroes wear such as Superman, Red Ranger (Power Rangers), Dante (Devil May Cry),and  Ryu (Street Fighter) to name a few. Red is a bold and vibrant colour and could represent many things to other people. It can represent love or anger, and it can be used to attract or highlight something. No matter the colour of skin, all blood is red.

Red – word association

Heart, blood, devil, rose, apple, fire, strawberry, London Bus, London Telephone Box, red sun, red nose, red lips, red shoes, lady in red dress, anger, love, sexuality, heat, stop signs, attention signs, Royal dresses, traditional Asian bridal dress, Superhero costumes, red headband (Rambo), red jacket (Michael Jackson), highest arc in Rainbow, red in the financial world means a negative direction, Coke, Red bull, Red Cross, warning, danger, red light district.

The colour red is so iconic to our visual surroundings and I have included some examples below.

 

Research done on the following websites:

http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-red.html

http://www.colormatters.com/the-meanings-of-colors/red

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140827-how-the-colour-red-warps-the-mind

http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-meaning/color-meaning-symbolism-psychology/all-about-the-color-red-4344#.WLVssdLyiUk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red

Videos watched

The Use of Red in Perfect Blue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D9iZfedoiY

What Does Wearing the Colour Red Mean? Study Finds Answers   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqL0LyIMuQU

The Matrix (1999) ~ The Woman In The Red Dress [1080p|HD]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeRJ52Xnjt8

 

Initial designs

Final Poster – 3 Variations

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Final Posterblood final

I decided to have my final poster to be abstract and to contain stark contrast. It has deep blacks and bright red which pops from being on a white background. The colour I chose to celebrate is red and so I tried to show fear, danger and violence in my design.

I think I accomplished this with creating an abstract design concealing the face and highlighting the blood and the colour red. I used blood to represent danger.  I wanted to make the blood seem real so causing a level of anxiety when looking at the image.

I also believe the abstract design causes a level on uneasiness as it resembles a Rorschach image and you can’t help but focus on the red gun. The colour red is used to highlight and bring attention to text and images in other designs so I chose to colour the gun entirely in red like a block shape and hopefully have the viewers’ attention diverted straight to the gun which is also a symbol of fear and danger.

This final design is very different from the original design and I subconsciously applied Occam’s razor. The design was simplified the more I reworked and refined the poster. I am very happy with the outcome of this poster.

Exercise 3.6: Photomontage

Blind War

Blind War

My collage is made up of pictures of Barak Obama giving a speech, a man wearing a blindfold, a child holding a stick, an assault rifle, splash of paint, 3 soft toys and a toy plane. The back drop is a grassy field with an isolated, slightly barren tree but I adjusted the levels and saturation so the colour of the clouds look like blooms of smoke from fire and explosions. The adjusted saturation also makes the horizon line look like it’s on fire and blanketed with napalm or airstrikes.

The blindfold around the former president represents the people of power speaking, demanding and commanding war and yet still blinded and somewhat detached by the real damage and horrors of war.

In the sky is an image of a toy plane and this represents armed drones. They are used to fight wars in other countries and I believe can create a detachment from the acts being committed as its controlled like a game remotely.

On the ground, you have 3 toys and they represent dead people. I obscured their faces with a paint splash and adjusted the hue to make it red to signify blood.

To the side, I have a kneeling boy holding an assault rifle. I changed the levels and saturation to give the boy a more menacing look and replaced the stick in his hand into a rifle. I adjusted the rifle and increased its highlights till it became pure white, this is to create a stark contrast with the rest of the image. The gun is highlighted to show one of the deadliest inventions which has changed war from close range combat to long range warfare. A young boy represents how the army is full of young people due to the glamour of war and the kneeling shows submission to the higher ups.

Exercise 3.5: Abstract Cities

I created a series of 10 abstract designs with blocks of subordinate, dominant and accent colours.

These designs are for the following cities: Madrid Malmo Managua Manchester Manhattan Marrakech Marseilles Melbourne Montreal Mumbai

Madrid

Madrid – capital of Spain, third largest city in EU, third largest metropolitan area in the EU after London and Paris. Gran via is located in the city centre and is known as the Spanish Broadway.  This street is very busy with nightlife, theatre and grand architecture. Madrid is also home to the famous football club Real Madrid. The city contains modern infrastructure but has preserved the look of many historic buildings such as the restored Royal Theatre and Buen Retiro Park. Plaza de Cibeles is an iconic symbol for the city and is a complex of fountains and marble sculptures.

Madrid

Malmo

Malmo is the largest city and capital of Sweden and it is one of the first towns of Scandinavia to be industrialised. Almost half of the population is under 35 so it’s a young city. Malmo is surrounded by water and has oceanic climate giving it slightly warmer weather despite its northern location. Turning Torso is a famous residential skyscraper in Sweden which is located in Malmo. Opened in 2005, it is the first “twisting” tower. Oresund Bridge is the longest combined rail/road bridge in Europe and connects Malmo to Denmark.

Malmo

Managua

This city is the capital of Nicaragua which is located in Central America. Nicaragua is a popular tourist destination because of its active volcanoes and warm tropical climate.  The indigenous people of Managua were initially conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century but now it is independent but the main language of the population remains Spanish.  Many native tribes remain. Managua is located on the south west shore of Lake Managua. Managua encountered a devastating earthquake in 1972.

Managua

Manchester

Second most populated urban area in the UK. Port of Manchester links the city to the sea. It is also the world’s first Industrialised city.  Manchester was initially civilised by the Romans in 79AD. Manchester also has vibrant arts, theatrical and music scene. A wide variety of architecture is also present in Manchester.

Manchester

Manhattan

It is a borough in New York City and one of the most densely populated. It is known as the cultural and financial capital of the world due to Wall Street and large stock exchanges being based there. It is located on a small island surrounded by other islands. Manhattan is in New York and originally the home of the World trade Centres (Twin Towers) until they were taken down in a terrorist act. New York is also home to the famous yellow taxis and Times Square.

Manhattan

Marrakech

Marrakech is an old fortified city packed with souks (vendors and their stalls). It has French and Arab culture due to its mixed history from Islam and French colony. It is a popular tourist destination in Africa. It is also located near the Atlas Mountains and many of the inhabitants of Marrakech are Berber Farmers. The buildings are coloured red and the weather can be hot. Jemaa el-Fnaa is a popular tourist attraction; it is a square courtyard with market stalls, colours, smells, spices and entertainers with African drums and snakes.

Marrakesh

Marseilles

It is a city located in south France. It has the largest port for commerce in France and is popular tourist location due to its warm humid weather and beaches next to the Mediterranean Sea.

Marseille

Melbourne

Capital of Australia.  Warm summers and cool winters.  Hoddle Grid – centre of business district. Financially and economically strong. Urban.

Melbourne

Montreal

Canada. French speaking. Humid summer and windy , snowy winter. Factories, warehouses, some old buidlings, residential. Mount royal park, large green space.

Montreal

Mumbai

Hot, busy, capital, Bombay,  colours, culture, Bollywood.

Mumbai