As part of my 3rd year Graphic Design Problems class I worked on a type specimens book. Its got to be one of the most challenging projects I've done. It started out as a simple idea.
" I should do something that has to do with wood type!" I'm currently in a letterpress class so I thought that was a great idea...
Turned out it really was in the end.
But it sure didnt feel like it during the whole process. Especially when my (wonderful) teacher suggested I make my OWN wood type.
"HOW?!" was my reaction. I had to start from scratch. I had to go buy wood, have it cut to size and find a machine that would magically mark the wood with the letters.
Surprisingly there was such a machine and my teacher had access to it. After WEEKS of going and trying to do my letters, they were finally finished.
The picture above is a compilation of the final product.
The of the process of this Epilog Laser print machine that would take my files and put it on the wood! Amazing. That machine could put anything. So a variety of people used it.
Once all of my letters were made I had the challenge of photographing them. Originally I had a friend lined up to take them, but last minute I had to take them myself. But that was ok, I was able to manipulate them like I wanted. And they surprisingly turned out amazing! There is a secret to that... but I won't say.
Finally I just want to point out a few things I learned about this project:
1. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR A CONCEPT.
2. GETTING HANDS OFF THE COMPUTER AND INTO OTHER MATERIAL ACTUALLY HELPS WITH MY DESIGN.
3. GOOD DESIGN TAKES A LOOOOOONNG TIME.
4. I HAVE TRIED TO BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE WITH PRINTING LAYOUTS I KNOW IM NOT GOING TO USE, THEY WILL JUST BE TO SEE THE PRINT.
5. WHAT TIME YOU PUT INTO A PROJECT MAY NOT BE APPRECIATED TILL THE END.