Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Research Trends Part Deux

Taking a deeper closer look at the research that I gather I found that they all share a common quality which is the use of the material being paper. Paper is a very delicate material and designers have used it to crate a sense of three-simensional space and how it resides in a two dimensional space, yet with paper it gives the designer from what I gather to be expressive and keep certain delicate qualities and create a three dimensional space by stacking it up similar to a couple of designers such as Bianca Chang. Through the process of cutting out, I noticed that with my examples designers are able to not only create space but legibility by and reveling more of the letter form wether is by the removal of counters or the silhouette of the letter form. The big trend is the removal of positive and negative space through the cutting of paper. Paper cutting the oldest surviving paper cut is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century found in Xinjiang, China. Paper cutting started in China but it has evolved to be all over the world and taking various styles depending on the culture. Paper cutting is a form of silhouette which is a technique used and stencil and graffiti art. Within my research the designer attempts to create this fragile delicate material be more elegant and delicate. The places that I have been these examples have been in pop-up books such Robert Sabuda and also many of them appear in books and some environmental but they are photograph due to the fragility of the material.

My approach within my type experiments will be to create overlapping through cut out letterforms pushing the legibility yet adding light to reveal to words or a word through the shadows. Similar to what is being created through overlapping and transparency in two-dimensional material. I will like to create the overlapping of type to be delicate and contrasting and use the the architectural component in the cut out to also reveal the words.

1 comment:

  1. karen, good thoughts and observations in here. the historical facts are quite interesting. you covered the required content pretty well, with the exception of why you feel it's important to typographic practice.

    also, be more careful with your sentence construction. quite a few sentences in here are poorly worded or have misspellings. an example: Within my research the designer attempts to create this fragile delicate material be more elegant and delicate. the last phrase doesn't make a whole lot of sense.