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Tien-Min Liao

5 Apr

“This is a self-initiated typographic experiment that explores the relationships between upper-case letters and lower-case letters, and also records the transformation between them.

In this experiment, I drew shapes with ink on one or both of my hands, manipulating my gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an upper-case letter. Then, using the same shape on my hands, I manipulated my gesture or changed the perspective through which the shape is viewed in orderto transform the upper-case letter to a lower-case of the same letter. Removingor redrawing the darkened shape on my hands is not allowed in the experiment. The only way to make the model transform from an upper-case to a lower-case (orvice versa) is changing the gestures or the perspectives.

I created 26 sets of these inked shapes and drew them on my hands.Each set is made to create both an upper-case and a lower-case letter, such as A and a. I also created some italic letters, hand-writing letters and some new typefaces with the same shapes”.





Sunbeam type

30 Mar

Khasanov, based in ekaterinburg, russia,has developed an entirely sunlight-formed typeface, shaped through the dispersion of light. this phenomenon is most commonly observed in the occurrence
of a rainbow, displaying the spatial separation of white light into the differing wavelengths– resulting in a notable variation in color. In order to harness this light effect, khasanov first experimented with glass and mirrors as he added water to these reflective media in an effort to create the glittered, rainbow alphabet. in the initial ‘sunbeamtype’ explorations, the designer achieved interesting effects, although he realized he had not quite tapped into the potential for what he had envisioned as a radiant, sunbeam typeface. khasanov tells designboom, ‘I thought of the light dispersion phenomenon (the splitting of the white light into a rainbow). all I needed was to deflect the light by transparent refracting mediums. I’ve used gel by dabbing on a glass and then I draw the letters on with a clean brush. all I had to do was to bring that glass to the sunbeam and to reflect letters by a lens on the background.’ by re-determining the angle and a distance from which the digital camera was positioned to the piece of glass with gel-scrawled type, the designer was able to achieve a fascinating trick of light. It was due to this subtle shift in materials and method that the designer was able to document his sun-formed font”.


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