First off, regardless of their impact on typography, i immediately fell in love with their 8-bit retro website. It is beautiful, and it reminds me of when i had a dial-up connection to my internet, and had to listen to that horrid noise before i could use the world wide webs.
I find anything from that era interesting, because it falls in this weird gap pre-modernization of craftsmanship. The stuff that was coming out at this time was machined for accuracy, But still held the idea of the craftsman’s input. The later you move on from this point in time, the less and less apparent it becomes that a person had an influence on these things. You have to know where you came to become better.
It was by far the most intimidating project i had to work on for this class, and it definitely took a lot of consideration to complete in a way that made me happy. During the critique I found out i was the only person to have enjoyed the type studies — At least enough to verbally mention it — which i find weird. I mean, we got to look at a bunch of type on a page and write all over it, how does it get better than that. By the way, at the beginning of the course Dan warned us how designers get nerdy about type, he was right.
Making all of those decisions in my head about structure, typeface choices, font choices, image layout, captions vs. index was definitely and experience. If i had to sum it up in some way, i would compare it to playing a game of chess against yourself, and both of you are very good at chess. Every right decision has another decision or consequences depending on the moves you make, and finding the perfect balance is hard, but i think i got close with my book. I enjoyed the process and i really liked my final product.
Type doesn’t just have to be imposed letterforms on a piece of paper, It can also be a series of letterforms formed out of electromechanical equipment!
Jose Carlos designed letterforms out of software generated pieces of electrodes, frames, and architecture. This is kind of like our scavenger hunt project in the sense of these letterforms are a matter of perspective, but instead of finding them in nature he constructed them himself.
This is also in reference to a question I find myself contemplating quite a bit: What is type?
Expect some graffiti, or not so traditional letterforms, this is an argument I am seeing to the end of my blog, maybe even after then.