Meeting with Padraic

What was the top 3 things of my travels: Spain, running with the bulls and BBK. Denmark Eurovision. Turkey, hot air ballooning.

Eurovision ties the whole idea of the project together.

Look previous years. One main logo for Eurovision and then the countries. How many take part?

Creating a logo for each country would mean that it has the differences i want to incorporate but it will also have a continuity that i was missing.

Approach Eurovision see what they say, could i get any promo material?

Create a moving image piece at the end?

The roulette presentation brought up questions of why i wasn’t doing a typeface based on where i was from. or Ireland, somewhere i could visit. After this i got confused and thought it would maybe be better to base the project on somewhere i could research better, first hand.

But now i think the Eurovision idea ties the whole project together. I wanted to incorporate everything i seen while i was abroad and tie it all together, The typeface was a starting point but logos would be a much better idea as they can all be different but will be able to match easier than a font.


Meeting with Terry

Look at: Creative Bloq – how to design a typeface

Its easier to create if you know who its for or what your going to do with it. Or Have an event in mind. Could you turn derry into a typeface, create a new crest for oak county? Think about how you could show how its applied.

A-z chart of an event

Look at the psychology of how people are influenced by type at an event

Identify an area of type research that is at the forefront

Search: “Typography research projects”

Look at: University rebranding, how it was applied and shown

Street signs/advertising


city icons/history/arial shots

Build: material such as macro photos exploring colours and background patterns and  textures.



Little book of lettering

DSC_0316As it states in “The little book of lettering” with this digital era many artists can approach their work in different ways, many draw sketches first then trace and draw onto illustrator, and some start immediately on the computer as they like the computerised outcome that they can receive. {pg1}

The book metions a graphics tablet a few times, I have a tablet myself but had never used it to create type or even writing on the computer, this may be an interesting experiment to see how it looks it may also be good when it comes to tracing my sketchs instead of scanning. The book states “it’s a more free flowing and natural way of working. Flowing curves and orghanic line work can be more easily achieved this way” {pg13}  I feel that using the tablet might really help my font look more hand-drawn. During the roulette presentation one of the comments from the tutors was that when the font is digitally draw it looses the uniqueness of hand drawing it. This could be a resolution to this project.

Dennis Payongayong {pg14}


I love this font, I really like the huge difference there is in the sizes but it works really well because it is continued through the whole phrase

Jessica Hische {pg16}


I really like jessicas style. She says she creates the skeleton of the font first and then adds in the decorative parts after. I think this is definitely a good idea for creating my font.

Danielle davis {pg22}


Creates her whole fonts on the computer using only the mouse. She begins with the vowels and then continues on with easier consonants and then leaves the hardest to last. Again I really like the difference in the thick and thin lines in the font, although I am not sure that I like the thin lines that are around the edge.

Matt Lyon {pg24}


“at times I push things a bit too far, but this is when I find design at its most exciting – when the words and letters serve a wider function than just their legibility”

I really like Lyons style, he was influenced by folk art patterning, decorative lettering and psychedelic lettering of the 1960s. these could be some topics that I look into in this project.

Steven bonner {pg44}

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Believes lettering is very similar to illustration “the letters are my characters and as long as I keep the communication aspects intact I can apply any style I like to them. The style of the lettering often says more than the words themselves”

Know your Onions – Graphic Design



This book is broke down into chapters. Again Ive just put some of the information i found useful and some of the ideas i had while reading it.

Sets – in the past included, Caps, lowercase, numerals and punctuation, what should mine include? A full set of all of these.

Look up more about ligature sets? ff fl fi

Simple rules for good readability – pg 80

Serifs the book says that it was started by the romans because of the tools that they used to carve on the stone.

We read the shape not the letter – serifs help join the groups letters together. I really need to think about my design, if i should make it more of a paragraph font now or continue as a display font

The author states ” If your typeface is quirky then your design will probably look turkey” and it gave the 2012 olympics font as an example of this. Statements like this and fonts like below make me worry that i couldn’t do a paragraph font correctly but i could make a really interesting display font.

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There is so much helpful information in this book, i have only looked in detail at three chapters but there is so much more that i will definitely look at again in the near future.

There is a lot of text with some relating visuals on every page.

Cultural connectives

IMG_4830The book is all about bringing the styles of the Arabic and Latin alphabets together. Ive just put a few of the key ideas and interesting points into this post that i got from the book

Arabic is the second most widely used alphabet in the world


Arabic alphabet only contains consonants short vowels are added in the form of diacritical marks, so Their text would look like the below phrase if it was english


Baseline is side ways rather than up and down – elongated letters could be something to think about for my own font.

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The origin of Serifs date back to ancient latin lettering carved into stone.

Latin alphabet existed in Majuscule first and then minuscule after because it looked like handwriting.

The old latin script didn’t have punctuation. The full stop was incorporated to show how to read text out loud. Should my font have it?


A really nice visual read. The colours were the same the whole way through and the difference in the two alphabets was very clear. Really nice paper two and a nice way to display and explain the typeface in the last chapter.

Really interesting to look at another cullers way of writing and how they have so many variants of the same letter etc.



Chattanooga, Tennessee has the distinction of being the first city in the United States to have its very own typeface: “Chatype.”

Font designers Jeremy Dooley and Robbie de Villiers and graphic designer DJ Trischler have worked to develop the font, getting support from the city and its residents. While the fun work of designing the font is finished, the group is still molding the final parts of the “Chatype” font.

Dooley tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the city has a certain vibe and a font would help capture that and express it. To get started, the team did its research, figuring out what really made the city tick, both historically and economically. They wanted to figure out what landmarks, businesses and traditions resonated with the local people, all while looking for common elements that could tie the font together.

The two font designers both came at the type differently, with de Villiers utilizing the angularity of the historic and well-known Walnut Street Bridge as his main guide and Dooley linking onto the more flowing ideas of Cherokee script. The two merged the contemporary with the traditional to settle on Chatype, which they say fits with the city’s overall feel and works as a thick, yet rounded, serif (details on the ends of the letters) style.

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