– Vladimir Končar – Typographer

Another typographer who I discovered whilst researching into object typography is Vladimir Končar.

He creates his typefaces all by hand, using materials that we often do not consider as art. Things such as; beer caps, pubic hair, cigarettes, paper clips, soil etc. I personally think that the responsibility of collecting the pieces to create and compose these typefaces is what fascinates me about his work. I also find the way he puts the collected pieces together, very simple but yet effective.

Below are a few images of his work that I really found interesting:

Beer Caps Type

Gummi Bear Type

Tootpick Type

Raw Meat Type


The precision and accuracy of each letter has been crafted so well that  brings the whole piece together as well as  making it stand out.

(all images taken from http://www.koncar.info/work)

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– Marian Bantjes – Typographer

After reviewing the images I found, I decided to research further into a typographer who creates her type in a similar format – in terms of the choice of material used, colour, quotes and the way the text is arranged to create a final piece.

I looked into the typographer: Marian Bantjes.

Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator who is based in Canada, near Vancouver. The first half of her career was mainly spent as a book typesetter. She then left that field of book typography to join the Canadian design studio, she became greatly recognized and blossomed as a graphic designer whilst working there. Marian Bantjes then left the firm to go after her own interests and work in her own field that she had become internationally known for. “In the years since she has worked for Pentagram, Stefan SagmeisterAIGA, The Guardian and The New York Times, among others.”

She is known for her detailed, critical and precise vector art. Her hand work, her patterning and ornament work are also qualities that make her work stand out.

Below are examples of her work:

The images above truely show the delicate and hand crafted type that makes each piece unique.

– Background Removal with Layer Masks

In this lecture we were taught how to remove a background of an image using the Layer Mask. The basic function of Layer Masks is that black and white control the ‘opacity’ or ‘transparency’.

Layer Masks are very useful in removing background of different density; such as sharp edges and soft edges.

I first started off with an image of a lady.

(click image for a larger view)

I successfully removed the background my following the simple steps given to us. Whilst working with the hair I made sure that I increased my Brush size so that I would obtain a softer edge cut out. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), I was able to create a selection around the surrounding area and through the ‘path’ I created with the Brush – and filled this selection with Black. This tool enabled me to save time and I was able to fill a large area with black instead of painting it away.

I added colour and text to the final image to produce a ‘clean cut’ background removal.

– Image Credit: Angel Stock by Reine-Haru (DeviantArt)

– Typography Battle

Task (Stage 1):

In pairs: Find someone to disagree with about any topic; make it as fun or as serious as you wish, play the devil’s advocate, fight your corner. The aim is to win the argument and persuade the other side that you are right.

Document the argument in details through emails, face to face, text messages, letter etc.

Fill a 250mm square with the text so that little space remains available but the type I clearly legible ((max type size: 36pt))

Don’t forget to consider: your choice of typeface, contrast, scale, colour, type furniture (accents, dingbats, grammar marks), shape, structure, texture.

After brainstorming a few ideas my partner and I came up with the very familiar topic of Healthy Food vs. Junk Food. We believe that this topic is very debatable and feel that we will be able to generate an argument.

Positive Factors of Junk Food

There are many reasons why Junk Food is more beneficial to a consumer than Healthy Food such as; the time it takes to prepare a meal – this is also relevant in terms of cooking the meal as well as ordering it.

The time in which it takes somebody to buy the ingredients and then prepare the dish whilst waiting for it to become ready takes a lot longer than preparing a meal that primarily contains junk.

Junk Food also has costing benefits about it – it is a lot cheaper to buy fast food than healthier foods as well as this junk food tends to have a longer shelf life than healthier options which also contributes to the costing benefits

To help illustrate that Junk food has far more beneficial factors than healthy food; I constructed a small questionnaire and asked 20 people to give me their answers on each question. Below is the questionnaire followed by the results.

Junk Food Questionnaire

Gender:

Age:

1) Do you eat Junk Food?

Yes

No

2) On average how much do you spend on junk food everyday?

£0-£5

£6-£11

£12+

3) How many days a week do you eat junk food?

0-3 days a week

4+ days a week

4) When in a hurry do you tend to purchase junk food?

Yes

No

5) When you eat junk food; what is the primary reason?

Taste

Convenience

Price

6) Do you enjoy eating junk food?

Yes

No

Results

From the results I received it is evident that the majority of people prefer junk food because of its convenience as well as taste. Using this information and findings I will create a type face that will execute and show that my argument that junk food is better than healthy food.

To begin this I researched into different ways of how objects are used to create type. I recorded and annotated the ones I found particularly interesting.

Type 1)

I really like this image due to the fact that the words used and material used both link. The type is also visually exciting and is really pleasing to eye in terms of the way it looks and its attractiveness.

Type 2)

Again the type above uses cigarettes to help illustrate the message it is trying to convey to the audience. The cigarettes used to create the type also help emphasizes the message.

Type 3)

This image is particularly eye-catching as the font and material used to create this type grabs the attention of the audience.

Type 4)

In this image we can see that the text used creates the image of a light bulb. The words used helps the audience visualize and form their own understanding of what it is trying to show. I also feel that the use of the plain and simple colours used also helps execute the entire piece well.

Type 5)

The chosen font and typeface makes this piece work really well. The use of colour, 3D effects and the various sizes and angles at which each word is placed makes this piece very eye-catching. As the audience, I feel like I want to know more and want to see more as I look at this piece.

Images taken from:

– (http://djdesignerlab.com/2010/02/17/creative-typography-collection-of-real-object/)

– (http://webylife.com/inspiration/stunning-objects-created-using-typography/)