Typography Sketches

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thinking & Practice Tutorial 21/10/13

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In this session we were shown a typographic technique inspired by this video by Erik van Blokland. The technique includes sketching letterforms only by using continuous diagonal pen strokes rather than sketching lines. Horizontal and vertical lines were to be avoided for this task. We were to explore various different ways of creating type using only this type of sketching. I experimented with a range of letters both uppercase and lowercase, in a variety of widths, sizes and type (serif, bold, italic, sans serif etc). I quite enjoyed this session – I found it very therapeutic sketching out the different letters and messing around with different type forms. We then looked at some interesting examples at the end and focussed on some notable letterforms.

The session provoked me to refer to a book I own which contains typographic sketches, and subsequently I came across some lovely examples that I feel relate to this technique:

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The book is called Typographic Sketchbooks by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico

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