VIVAAN KHABYA Typography

This are the found letterforms that we went out to get. It was a really fun activity.
These are all of my Helvetica distortions put together. To do this we had to take out actual print outs of the word Helvetica and play around with it by cutting and folding. Then we had to scan them to our laptop, and we could use them in our posters. I really like it because it looks cool all cut up and distorted, and I didn't know you could do something like this.
The first picture is something that we tried in illustrator which is fairly simple, called the Moire effect. It reminds me of T.V. static, when you can't get a signal or anything and the screen looks similar that. The second effect is the same as the previous one, except more complicated. I opened up the previous Moire effect in photoshop, and this time distorted with a wave, and played around with the amplitude.
Here, I used the second Moire effect that I had created to create a displacement map on top of the previously already displaced 'Helvetica' text, giving it this cool look. Each one of the three is slightly different, with the top one being blurrier and the bottom one a lot clearer and broken. I am not sure why this happened, to be honest. I just copied and pasted the one in the middle, but something made them turn out slightly different.
Mostarda Em Pó, Gerard Marin, and Klaus Birk. Those are the names (Usernames, at least) of the authors who made these posters, in their respective order.
This is my first page of thumbnails that I made, based off of inspiration from the selection of posters that I had, as you can see in photo. We had paste super tiny print outs of the posters and stick them into our book, so when we drew our thumbnails, they were right next to us for reference. We made another page of refined developments, and then were going to choose one to make a final poster on the iMacs, but after a few weeks, Mr. McGrath felt that this project was kind of boring and was just dragging on too long, so we left it at that and start a new project: typographic portraits.
We now started our new project, making a typographic portrait. A typographic portrait is basically a portrait of someone that is made with characters of a font, and they can look really fancy or simple. This is the image that I used to make my typographic portraits. I had to squint a bit in the photo because of the light outside, but I think the angle is nice since it's on the side and it lets me show features like my nose and chin better.
This was my first, incomplete attempt at making a typographic portrait. I feel that this is not as good as it could be. Something that I'm struggling with is the mouth and my ears. I think I can make my mouth work but not sure how. The outline of the face isn't as great as it could be either. The hair is not complete yet, but I tried to make it very concentrated with letters, as you can see, to show the volume in my hair and I think it is working, although it takes a long time to do and is very tedious.
After, I chose my own font to make another portrait with. I chose the font called 'Arista.' It was a bit too thick though so I combined the 'Arista Light' font with it so that some parts aren't as thick.
I decided to stop it here, because it was horrible. I made the letters too big, just needing one or two to represent a shape. The lack of detail makes it look nothing like me, and it was very hard to work with this font since it was very thick. It was a big failure, and it taught me that not every font is suitable for purposes like this.
Eventually I decided to use my original portrait with the plain Helvetica font that I had used, because I liked my use of the extra characters like the apple logo which you can't get in other custom fonts. I touched up upon it, like making the collar area better and finishing the hair.
Here are a few samples of the first few colours I tried out. I tried them out in themes, and this one was Earthy/dirt colours. It didn't really suit me that well, except for the last one, which gave a kind of golden effect.
Then I tried a few of the cool colours, like blue and purple. I did this with multiple colour sets, to test out what I think looks good, along with different backgrounds.
Eventually, after trying many different colours and gradients, I eventually came to like the golden effect that came earlier, and used a golden gradient and tested it out with different backgrounds.
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Vivaan Khabya
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