PROJECT 001: Letter
Right after downloading all the fonts, using text tool in illustrator I typed every Latin and Arabic alphabet from different fonts and stared at them for about 10 minutes. At first, they all looked similar to me but then later I started noticing their huge differences. I also made a thick stroked square with a white background to see which alphabet would blend in with other.
Even though I was pretty confident that I would be able to them properly, unfortunately, I was wrong. I faced so many difficulties, maybe it is because I am a noob. It’s so hard to keep black and white balanced and when that is balanced enough the alphabets become unreadable.
My first attempt was a huge failure but after looking at other’s work and professor’s help, I pretty much got the idea where I went wrong. I started off with latin and Latin alphabets and came up with different results
Even though they were not perfect I was glad I could at least do this much. I then started Latin and Arabic and felt like a newbie again, I realized working with different language is just like how I started with latin-latin alphabets.
It’s the second week and I am still struggling. I noticed that it is very hard to follow all the rules. Since I am struggling a lot, I asked one of my senior for help and guidance. I started all over again. I asked one of my senior to judge, he told me which all were wrong and how I am depending a lot on the background and how most of the alphabets are not 50% within the frame.
Arabic-Arabic: I faced a lot of difficulties while making these
letter p, d & b
I have noticed that letter P(p) B(b) & D(d), look similar when rotated or reflected and are difficult to work with, so I avoided using these alphabets.
Latin – Latin
- I used the alphabet B & Q because visually they seem to fit together. We can tell it is a B because half of the letter Q covers the letter B.
- Here I used the letter S and a. S can be seen because of its curves that I had decided to show and for the letter a, there is no other letter which looks like a.
I used the alphabets K and R, they are easily detected. For the alphabet K, I decided to show its joining point and corners and R is used after reflecting it vertically.
- Here I used the letter K and Arabic alphabet ن. Here ن detaches the letter K but the alphabet K is still recognizable.
- I used Latin, lower case letter “e” and Arabic letter ط. I used the already existing spaces in e and manipulated ط in it.
- Here I used the alphabet “a” and Arabic letter ط. The letter a is easily detectable whereas for ط I made sure that standing line is visible because it could look like ص otherwise.
- Here my letters are ح and و. I used و as the background letter. It could be confused between م but if looked closely م line goes to the left directly whereas for و there is spacing and makes a wide curve.
- For this, I used م and ى. I used م from the font Sana so it does not have the long stick and is pretty visibleى.
- I used ة and ل here. I used ة as a background because it has more curves and basically is round so that I could fit ل, which is thin.
A helpful site which tells the basic terms of typography.
Hopefully, I will know these basic terms before next project. 😛
PROJECT 002: WORD
Start of the week, we were said to type two pairs of Latin words and two pairs of Arabic words on A3 and align them accordingly. I started off by searching the meaning of every word.
bitter- having a strong and often unpleasant flavor that is the opposite of sweet.
saccharine – too sweet or sentimental
euphoric- characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness.
miserable- wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable.
stultify- cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine.
galvanize- shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action.
dismal- depressing; dreary
cheerful- noticeably happy and optimistic.
ornate- made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns.
austere- severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance.
chaotic- In a state of complete confusion and disorder.
tidy- arranged neatly and in order.
precise- marked my exactness
inaccurate- not correct or exact
hilarious- very funny
serious- having an important or dangerous possible result
adorable- very appealing
repulsive- causing strong dislike or disgust
fleeting- not lasting
leisurely- without haste
Next, I made notes on my chosen words
then I fixed the word by forming a solid shape in between, I realized giving them equal space made the word look horrible I also noticed that it depends on where you measure the distance from. I also made a green line so that I can see that my letters are aligned properly.
Then I wrote down my ideas for the word “adorable”
After feedback from my friend Hessa, I canceled some of my ideas because they were not working well and finalized one main idea for the word adorable.
I decided to make creepy a** doll heads. OH, MY GOD! I love it and there’s another idea of making the letter from peacock feathers which Prof. Law loves so much. I have decided to push both these ideas and see which one works better for me.
I also tried experimenting. Since my idea is about creepy dolls, I am thinking to sculpt these dolls using clay. After some research, I found out that these dolls are made of cold porcelain clay and there is a way to make it yourself so I experimented to make cold porcelain clay.
corn flour- 1 cup
white glue- 1 cup
vinegar- 1 tablespoon
baby oil- 1 tablespoon
Mix all together and cook the mixture on low heat stove.
Unfortunately, my experiment was a failure and the dough got stuck everywhere.😣 I made the clay again and it turned out just fine. Hip hip hurray!
I started sculpting and it’s so much fun even though I cant get the look of a professional doll.
It’s week five and I have made a final decision to choose “adorable” word to experiment with and use disgusting looking doll faces. I printed out the letter “a” from the word adorable using clay which I made I made normal faces and started to make them creepy. I filled out the spaces with some disgusting insects.
Also tried the peacock feather idea, unfortunately, I did not have enough time because It took a whole day to make the doll faces so I just randomly stuck the feathers. I felt it was really hard to control the feather’s It may be because of the medium glue which In used to stick or It might be the paper, which became wet from the glue.
Unfortunately, after critique, I was told that it still isn’t creepy enough so I decided to use dolls to experiment with rather than making them from clearly it isn’t working.
SORRY DISNEY FROZEN CHARACTERS❄️
Finally, I have reached somewhere. I had started off with something really different. I had the intention to make creepy dolls from the beginning but I was not able to bring out the effect that I wanted well no matter my failures has led me somewhere. I still find it difficult to place and fit the dolls in the letters. I think taking the letter out in physical form will be better rather than using flat letters. I might try cardboard and then fix the dolls on it. I have a lot of space left in the letters I am thinking to add small heads and fill them and with some insects.
All these are failed experiments again😭 I keep taking the wrong track. I went and asked professor again, he suggested me not try so hard to make them look creepy instead just use one of the body parts for one letter that would make it look creepy by itself.
I cut out my letter on the theromocol sheet for a strong base.
I divided the torsos to make a proper design with then, unfortunately, I don’t have enough dolls and need to buy more.
I Started cutting the base
It is really hard to fix the faces exactly on the alphabets so I still have to refine it and also the way I took photos are horrible.
Agh FML! It’s pixelated.
I already knew what was wrong with my previous work so I tried fixing it. I took my photos again but my issue is that my word doesn’t fit in one frame so I decided to photograph them separately and edit them and save them as png.
My word still doesn’t fit in A2. When I kern them, my letters don’t fit the page and when they do my experiment with the dolls isn’t visible & I noticed that when I separately edited them they look more like digitally done.
I retook my photos again
again I could not make it fit for one photo shoot. I still had the problem of getting them together because for some reason they have different shadows even though I took them in the same light.
I tried fixing the background with healing tool in adobe photoshop, which I learned from professor Mahmoud, but I think I still don’t know how to handle the tool here.
I retook my photos again😩
& again 😒
I think this time it worked well and I can edit it to make it final.
I edited it & made the hair disappear because it looked weird and didn’t go along with the other parts.
Working with Lightroom
What I learned from this project is that there are fun ways to learn anything. I mostly learned about kerning and how the typefaces work. I learned that kerning the letters equally doesn’t make it work. I learned that the materials I worked with were hard to fit within the typeface but experiments helped me with that issue.
Week 8 and 9
It’s a start of week 8 and we are introduced to our new type projects. We had to choose two folded papers from four different sections.
The papers I got were
I came up with different sentences but I think none of them are strong enough yet.
1- Woefully handsome mother yesterday visited me & ate a magazine with a shrill voice.
2- My mother called a handsome man yesterday to visit after he ate with a shrill voice he read a magazine with his woeful eyes & left without saying a word.
3- I ate a handsome man yesterday who visited to sell a magazine with his woeful eyes but my mother saw me shrill after.
4- Yesterday my mother & I saw a recipe in a magazine how to cook a handsome guy who visited us with woeful eyes, the excitement caused me to shrill.
We were said to experiment and use the recipe given to see how our sentences would look in different typefaces, bold, Italic etc. During this phase, we were mostly told rules to follow but still, we all came up with different ways.
This made us familiar with how our sentence looks in different typefaces, sizes, style etc.
Next, we were told to type our sentence in a blank page with different ways that we could come up, I came with different experiments, unfortunately, they were so bad that I was suggested to change my major😭
In my defense, my experiments were mostly just horrible experiments and until and unless I don’t create a mess I can’t know what cleaning up or refining looks like.
some of my experiments
I was pointed out that my sentence was too long so I changed and I got my sentence fixed from my friend Yaara ❤️
Yesterday, during my handsome neighbor’s visit, my woeful mother let out a shrill & cried after reading a magazine article on how a girl ate her husband and mother-in-law.
It’s time for my greatest challenge writing this sentence in Arabic 😌
I am ready to get f&c*%^ from every side🙂 I missed one week 😫 & it’s killing me, I regret going for leadership programme 😩
I referred to some typography and I know they directly don’t relate to my project but I thought of getting some idea from them and add a little or subtract a little from them.
I found this text interesting because the first & last sentences are shorter than the middle one. Usually, we think that to make type look even it is necessary to have the first sentence longer but here Siwar Kraytem breaks that rule
before I started my work I made the grid visible so that I can use the rule of thirds.
following the rules of thirds, I started off with my sentence.
I made a red rectangle just like our first project to see the spacing between sentences and adjusted tracking.
OMG!! I LOVE STAR✰..!! no, I don’t mean stars⭐️ 🌙and moon, I mean star my friend who helped me see my mistakes and gave me ideas ❤️
It’s the 10th week and I feel tired😒 I think we all need a break anyway, this week’s project is to choose a paragraph it can be anything song lyric, quotes etc. I thought of choosing song lyric.
“I let you in my brain. I used to doubt, now I believe I let you ease my pain using your black magic on me. I don’t know how you do what you do but you do it so good to me. My favorite pill when I’m feeling so blue your taste is all I need.
you’re my cocaine, I can’t stop sniffing. You move so good, got Muhammad Ali tripping. The moment that I get you in my veins, I’m taking over the world. I let you in my brain.I used to doubt, now I believe I let you ease my pain using your black magic on me.”
It’s by Jaymes Young- black magic, It’s opposite of my word “adorable”. It’s a song about love🤢😷🙄💩 (gross) but Jaymes Young has explained about love through cocaine and black magic.
I feel that for the paragraph we have more to play with. We were said to experiment with the paragraphs like before I did not just play with them and move them around here and there on the page, this time I thought deeply about placing my paragraphs on the pages. I also looked at some layouts as they helped me earlier in the sentence.
I also used the layout grid to guide me in placing the paragraphs properly.
These are the 3 best layout’s that I liked from 50.
but I know they still aren’t perfect.
We had critiques and I realized how shitty my paragraphs were. We were given some guidelines to follow. I fixed all the mistakes that I had done or at least tried to. I noticed some of my paragraphs were too dark because I tried to emphasize some of my words but I totally forgot that I made the text too bold and It didn’t go the way I needed it to be.
I also am so happy he he hehe 😁 I got hand lettering guide that I wanted to get years back
I don’t feel like opening it, just wanna stare at it and appreciate the feeling of getting something you wanted.
We had our critiques again this week and I feel like my work is still shit. I showed my work to Mahmoud the great got some good critiques. I am in love with the right indent but he told me that little bit is okay not so much cause mine is a lot.
Also, I like these two
I think I will be using these for final.
I decided to go with the A4 final with that specific paragraph because other one looked boring and was too basic. The other one looks more interesting to me.
This week we were said to add all our previous projects into one. I thought It will look so ugly because I like the poster with just the word adding sentence and paragraph will make it look really ugly but I guess I was just scared to add anything on the poster. I tried setting up my sentence, paragraphs, and logo I wanted to work on In design but to my surprise, my Arabic letters were not typing in contextual form so I decided to work on illustrator.
I still worked on a grid but I was still not convinced about the placements
after the critiques, I was told that scraps of the paragraph are too close and have no breathing space and to break the sentence more also the placement of the logo. I was told by prof. Law that I have a lot of places to play with but I have crowded and everything is near the word itself.
I finally got my Indesign Arabic typing fixed. I changed the placing of paragraphs and sentence. I tried breaking the sentence into bits and tried to play with space aside from the words.
I still think there is something missing.
After the critiques, I was told to think about the leading in the sentence and also not to keep paragraph and close to the letter a. Also after Law’s suggestion and everyone’s comments, I realized I am still too close to the word also play with the piece around to place the sentence. (edit if necessary)
I edited the pieced in photoshop
and then placed the paragraphs and sentence properly
I am pretty satisfied with the placement now and I think I will use this for final. I noticed how in project 001 I had printed mine on a gloss paper and It did not look nice It was so shiny that it was hard to see the dolls so this time I printed on matte paper because my word already is a bit shiny and also because I have an empty background which looked horrible in gloss paper.
I learned so much because of type. I never thought that type would be so interesting. Experimenting was my fav part and now I see a design and type differently.My interest in typography has increased and I am really excited to learn more about typography.