igcse unit 1a typography - found letterforms

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A Unit of work for IGCSE Art & Design:Graphic Design students.

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    Brief:

    IGCSE Art & Design Graphic Design: Typography

    Letters are highly specialised images, and we have always read words as images. Words are perceived as silhouette image-shapes; the letters they are made from are actually little pictures, and writing is a highly evolved and specialised form of drawing.

    Timothy Donaldson, Shapes for Sounds

    Design a typeface that will be composed from elements in the world around you. Assemble your alphabet using only found objects or environments. Letters must be documented through photography and presented as an A2 poster.

    "Found Alphabets." Jen Quinn. Behance. Web. 11 Aug. 2014. !.

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    AO1RECORD AO3DEVELOP

    AO4REVIEWAO2ANALYSE

    observations, experiences and ideas which are appropriate to intentions.

    observations, experiences and ideas which are appropriate to intentions.

    observations, experiences and ideas which are appropriate to intentions.

    observations, experiences and ideas which are appropriate to intentions.

    IGCSE Art & Design Graphic Design: Typography

    1. Brainstorm ideas, areas and objects suitable for creating your found letterform alphabet .

    2. Take photographs of letterforms found in the environment. This should be a complete alphabet.

    3. Take photographs of letterforms which already exist in the environment. This should be a complete alphabet.

    4. Select the best examples presenting them on a series of A3 layout sheets.

    5. Document your thoughts and ideas through both written and visual means and present in your portfolio.

    1. Focus your initial web based research at sites like Typography Served, Behance Network and some of the other resources listed on the OLP.

    2. Join the Pinterest board for this project. Also create your own board to pin your favourite examples of this process

    3. Investigate and analyse the processes designers use to create their letterforms. Think about how you might use their techniques and processes to create your own typeface.

    4. Reference the images and information you have gathered from books, journals, magazines and websites. Use Easybib to help you correctly cite your sources.

    5. Produce three pages of research printed on A3 sheets. Present in your portfolio.

    1. Based upon your research, develop your ideas for your alphabet, taking and selecting better quality photographs of your found letterforms.

    2. Simplify your letterforms into mono objects through a combination of manipulations and edits using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

    3. Experiment with layout approaches for the presentation of your found letterform alphabet

    4. Produce a series of final layout roughs for your final poster.

    5. Document and review your thoughts, processes and approach

    to the development of your design work.

    1. Produce a fully realised A2 poster showing your found letterform alphabet.

    2. Produce a fully realised A2 working typeface poster showing your found letterforms

    3. Use Adobe InDesign to arrange the layout of your images and .ai files.

    4. Correctly produce a finished digital package ready for printing

    5. Review your process, reflecting on the positives and negatives

    of the project.

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    "Urban Decay : A Conceptual Typeface." Behance. Web. 26 Aug. 2014.

    "ALPHATECTURE." ALPHATECTURE. Web. 26 Aug. 2014.

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    Found Letterforms

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    Letterforms already existing in the Environment

    "Rusty and Crusty Letters." Flickr. Yahoo!, 28 Apr. 2007. Web. 15 Aug. 2014. !.

    "Found Alphabets." Jen Quinn. Behance. Web. 11 Aug. 2014. !.