Possibly a throw-back from being forced to write 'self-initiated briefs' at university, every now and again I like to set myself a small design project.
It feels like a useful and, this sounds cringeworthy but, 'creatively fulfilling' exercise to design things outside of commercial work. Trite but true; and doing things like this helps me access the bit of my brain that does the lateral thinking, allowing me to consider things in a way that I hope adds something to my day-to-day work as well.
Anyway, the latest of these little projects is typography-related, as many of my self-set endeavours tend to be, and is called Type Faces.
Creating pictures from letterforms is hardly a ground-breaking idea (and is in fact fairly common on the interwebs) but I did stick to several specific and rigid constraints to keep things interesting:
- Each face can only be made from one weight of a single typeface.
- The face must be up of an anagram of the typeface's name.
- The only manipulation allowed is alteration of each letter's rotation and/or size.
Although my Helvetica Face ended up a complete disaster (and now resides in an 'In progress' folder until I can bring myself to try again), the other outcomes have so far turned out fairly well and are currently prettifying one of the walls at Supercool HQ.
Yes, they may respectively look like Rolf Harris, a forlorn puppy and some kind of surprised punk, but can you identify the three faces from the three faces?