Here’s the one I skipped. It took me a while to figure out what to do. I ended up watching a video online from Typo San Francisco given by typography Gemma O’ Brien. I have been following her on Instagram for awhile and find her posts quite inspiring. Her talk at Typo SF was just that … inspiring. It has been awhile since I have done a post using letters so I thought this might be a good one to try. I ended up deciding to do the word made from Zodiac symbols turned into letters all floating in space. Not a complicated piece, but figuring out the letters out of the symbols took a little bit of doodling before starting.
The written word and fonts are one of the things I find endlessly fascinating and interesting. The way each culture chooses to represent ideas in the form of combined images that get call words. Everything from illuminated lettering, calligraphy, asian or middle eastern scripts, to fun plays on letters like that above. I’m captivated by graffiti lettering (even though I can’t read it most of the time). It’s so abstract and expressive, but it’s still written words. There are people out there that can read a person’s handwriting and tell you about the writer’s personality based on how an ‘r’ or a ‘q’ is written. I wonder if there are people that can tell you about the personality of a culture based on the way their writing systems look? In any case, I had fun using the word as part of the illustration challenge this week. Hope you like it.