The modular typography is a typeface created from a limited number of shapes. This was a group task brief of which we had to create a typeface based on a graph system.
Before we started we have been shown some examples of what other artists did that would give us a good structure on how to get on with it.
We had to come up with the best system for our typeface. In order to do that, our group has been given the hexagon, based on that each of us had to create a few examples. So here are a few of my sketches in upper and lower case letters.
Once we’ve finished we had a little group presentation in front of the class where we had to talk about our process and about our system. We also had some feedback from our lecturer and the rest of the class, where we talked about individual designs and decided which one we like the most. That would then be our system on which we’re assigned to work throughout the development of the digital final pieces.
I learned that with the hexagon graph the shapes are changing orientation depending on the way that you have the paper. If the graph is orientated landscape, it is impossible to draw the letter “a” to a portrait orientation and still get a duplicate version. In other words, whatever I draw on a landscape, it can not be re-drawn exactly the same in portrait as the hexagon changes edge with its orientation.
In the above landscape example the tip of the letter “A,a” creates sharp edges, Although, note the top of “A,a” becomes flat in the portrait example.
The reason why I have got two digital outcomes rather than just one as required is because I thought it was interesting to try different experiments with it.
I think this was a quite interesting brief, I learned different ways of creating the typeface based on random shapes or systems, and is been good to work together as a team to come up with a system.