O and G proved to be an exploration in different ways for different people. Many took it as purely an art project, like Casey, who made the beautiful Kama Sutra of Typography. Others, like Victoria, focused on the story of the letter-forms’ relationship. I decided to use the project to explore the variety of available fonts and use them to tell a specific story that can be seen without explanation in viewing the five-panel composition.
In looking back on the work, I wish that I had spent more time focusing on the beauty of a mother-child relationship rather than snapshots of the moments themselves. That’s what I am focusing on the grandfather-grandchild relationship in the color version of this project. Nevertheless, I learned a lot.
Firstly, I learned that there’s a font for everything. I know that I have an advantage because I have CS5 on my laptop and have owned an additional 1001 fonts since high school. In addition to that, I tapped into dafont‘s library to make the composition read as a I wanted it to. Nell even mentioned that I could have drawn in my second “o.” I didn’t, but the “o” does look quite similar to my original sketches, which brings me to my second point.
In graphic design, it is essential to first play with your ideas on paper. It’s kind of like organizing a paper. The ideas are all out in front of you and you can pick and choose the best compositions.
In terms of new skills, I learned how to group, use pathfinder, provide even spacing between objects, and use the limitations of the artboard to my advantage. There are many similarities between Illustrator and Photoshop, so I didn’t have too many difficulties figuring out layering and the layout of the tools panel.
More than anything I did on my own, however, was the education I got from looking at other people’s work. It has inspired my color design and pushed me closer to the beauty (as opposed to function) of graphic design. Hopefully I will learn how to combine the two.