November 26, 2009
My fifth Typography project this semester was to design a 4×16 inch (meant to be folded into 4 sections) typographic poster representing a song. I chose a song called TV Set by The Cramps.
This project is set primarily in American Typewriter along with a few words in Franklin Gothic and a decorative font named Feast of Flesh. The name of the band is in Feast of Flesh as well and the Title of the song is in Banco LT Regular. I choose American Typewriter because I think it is reminiscent of something you might see in a ransom note. It is impersonal without being devoid of “flavor.” I choose Franklin Gothic as a second type family because it is a sans serif and provides a nice contrast in select places.
The composition loosely progresses from left to right in the same order as the lyrics, growing slightly more jumbled and chaotic toward the end, just as the song does.
November 9, 2009
The fourth project for my Typography class was to design an informative poster about either a typeface or a type designer. I decided to do a poster about my favorite personality in the design world: the incorrigible typomaniac, Erik Spiekermann.
Erik Spiekermann’s designs tend to be very clean and well organized so I started this project with a few very simple sketches of basic grid layouts. Since Spiekermann is such a typomanic, and because this was a typography project, I knew I wanted to focus primarily on the type. 26 letters along with 10 numbers splits up nicely into a 9×4 grid. This seemed a good place to start from.
Once I had the basic layout of the type, I collected a few Spiekermann quotes and started looking for ways to incorporate them into the overall grid of type. I soon realized that spreading a quote out over the whole grid of letters was not only impractical, but would lead to a cluttered design. Instead, I only incorporated the name and phrase “typomaniac”.
The poster is set in Spiekermann’s typeface, ITC Officina, in a combination of Serif and Sans Serif. The text for the bio is directly from Spiekermann’s own website.