typography gaby ho | 2017

Here, I used InDesign to create a poster with letterforms I found in my home. I didn't manage to find an "N" or an "R". My favorite letterforms were probably "A", "B", and "G". My "Y", "E", and "H" were a bit of a stretch and didn't really look like the letters.
I collected several different typographic posters which I found aesthetically pleasing, or thought that I could use as starting points in my typographic poster project. I found that the trend in the posters is that most of them are very cluttered and chaotic, because I like chaos and it gives the poster an apocalyptic feel. (From left to right, top to bottom: Richard Niessen, namename, Thiago Lacaz, Pierre Jeanneau, Marcos Faunner)

Here, I took printed strips of Helvetica, and cut it up to distort it. For this distortion, I cut wavy lines into the font strip. I thought this would turn out really cool. (almost like an actual wave on the sea). However, it looks kind of tacky, and like the old Microsoft Word Art. (You know those funky ones with the rainbow ombre?)

This one was made to look a little bit like shattered glass, as I cut the pieces into little triangles and slid them different directions to distort the font strip. I thought this also looked cool, because the shattered glass effect gives it a really modern feel to go with the sleek modern feel of Helvetica.

For this distortion, I did a similar effect to the shattered glass one, except I cut pieces out of the sides and pulled them back to create little gaps in the font slip. It reminds me of computer pixels. I don't like this one as much as the others, but it doesn't look too bad.

This distortion looks nice on the right, but not so much on the left, as I tried to create a fade effect, but it didn't work. I should have cut slits all the way through, because it will probably look nicer. The slits give the font strip an italic feel with gaps.

Here, I put together different Helvetica letters to create a typographic portrait which actually looks a lot like me! I'm pretty proud of this one, even though I used quite a lot of letters. I decided that in my next portrait, (a serif font portrait) I'll try to use less letters.
I found that my serif portrait looked even cooler than my Helvetica portrait! I found that the little ticks at the end of letters in a serif font make it easier to create the curls and kinks in my hair, so it was pretty easy to cut down on the number of letters I used. It still looks like me, which is good.
This is my final typographic portrait, which I really struggled to make. I only finished my face, and didn't complete the neck. I wanted to use Comic Sans as a joke, but it turned out really really hard. I did a little research and found the letters of Comic Sans all have different shapes, which makes it easier for people with dyslexia to read. This is pretty ironic, because I found that a lot of the shapes looked very similar and it made it really hard for me to fit the different curves of my face. I think my favorite portrait overall might be the serif one.

I tried 3 very different color schemes on my portrait, and I found that the red on white portrait (on the far right) is my favorite. The green on black in the middle is too Halloween-y, and the blue doesn't match the pink on the far left. I think making the portrait color darker than the background color makes the portrait look more human-like, and it's just more aesthetically pleasing for this particular project.

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